Chad Johnson Wishes Kenny Pickett Luck on Twitter
I’ll be honest: I didn’t see this one coming –– but it’s pretty dang cool.
Longtime Bengals receiver and NFL legend Chad Johnson recently took to Twitter to … give Kenny Pickett his blessing?
Yeah, that actually happened:
You have the 🔑‘s now, i wish you nothing but success young boul… pic.twitter.com/teiFU6NNl3
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) October 4, 2022
My reaction was a lot like Brendan’s here:
Homie he’s a Steeler what you on?
— Brendan B (@BrendanBurnsie) October 5, 2022
That said, Johnson does mentor young players across the league. He’s remained active in NFL activities and remains a massive personality in general across the sport of football and beyond.
Throwing some love to Pickett isn’t that crazy, but it’s still a little unusual to see a Bengal playing nice with a Steeler in any context.
Besides, Johnson was always that Bengals player that you couldn’t actually hate no matter how strong your allegiances to the Steelers or Ravens or Browns ran.
He was a trash-talking, forever-celebrating, noise-making machine, but he always did it with a fun and lovable edge. Johnson is flat-out hilarious, and he can be equal parts sincere at times.
This tweet from Johnson to Pickett certainly embraces the latter.
Now, it’s up to Pickett to deliver –– and he faces a daunting task.
Pickett will lead his 1-3 Steelers into Buffalo to face the 3-1 Bills in his first career start this Sunday. The Steelers need a win, and it won’t come easy. Pickett will need to be on point to make some magic happen in this one.
In his first taste of NFL action during the second half of the Steelers’ 24-20 loss to the Jets at Acrisure Stadium, Pickett flashed his upside. He scored two rushing touchdowns and generally energized the Steelers offense, forging a connection with both rookie wide receiver George Pickens and second-year tight end Pat Freiermuth.
He also threw three interceptions, though, so there’s plenty to work on moving forward.
As Johnson noted, the keys are Pickett’s now.
It’s all in his hands.