In 2012, Johnson played for the Miami Dolphins during preseason but was released following his arrest for domestic violence.
However, after shaving his Mohawk and changing his mentality, he had a breakout game in a losing effort against the San Diego Chargers.
Johnson accumulated 260 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns, which broke the previous Bengals record for most receiving yards in a game.
He went on to amass 190 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in a 31-16 win over the New Orleans Saints in the following week.
This gave him an NFL record of 450 receiving yards in back-to-back games, breaking the previous record of 448 set by San Francisco 49ers receiver John Taylor in 1989.
In 2000, he transferred to Oregon State University, after being aggressively recruited by coach Dennis Erickson to play for the Oregon State Beavers football team. He also broke a school record for the longest touchdown reception with a 97-yard reception in a game against Stanford University.