Chad Johnson isn't the only former NFL star to play in the Canadian Football LeagueThese eight well-known players suited up north of the border as well.USA Today Sports By Chris Strauss 9 minutes ago(AP Photo/Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Sam Wolfe)It’s official. Chad Johnson will be playing football in 2014.The 36-year-old former Pro Bowl receiver and reality show star signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes Thursday, making him the latest former NFL player to attempt to resurrect his career up north.Numerous big-name players have tried their hand in the CFL, whether before or after successful NFL careers. Here are eight of the most famous ones and how those experiences worked out.1) Doug Flutie(AP Photo/Frank Gunn)The 1984 Heisman Trophy winner played in the CFL for eight seasons from 1990-97, winning three Grey Cups and six Most Outstanding Player Awards. He returned to the NFL in 1998 after a nine-year absence to join the Buffalo Bills, where he’d eventually take over as the team’s starter and chief endorser of breakfast cereal.2) Ricky Williams Suspended by the NFL for the 2006 season, Williams signed a deal with the Toronto Argonauts, where he rushed for 526 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. The injury-plagued season was Williams’ only one in the CFL, as he returned to the Dolphins in 2007, where he would play for four more seasons.3) Warren Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTV5RIWK_C0The Hall of Famer spent the first six seasons of his professional career in the CFL, amassing 21,228 passing yards while leading the Edmonton Eskimos to five Grey Cup titles. By the time he made his NFL debut with the Houston Oilers in 1984, Moon was already 27 years old.4) Joe HornBefore he was a four-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver with the Saints, Horn was a community college grad working in a furniture factory. He caught on with the Memphis Mad Dogs in 1994 during the CFL’s brief expansion into the U.S. in the mid-90s and showed enough to be drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Chiefs.5) Jeff Garciahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-XiXdYiXQMAfter going undrafted in 1994, Garcia spent four years with the Calgary Stampeders, eventually winning a Grey Cup in 1998. That moment of glory led the San Francisco 49ers to sign him as Steve Young’s backup prior to the 1999 season, a role he’d only play briefly once Young suffered a career-ending concussion in Week 3.6) Joe TheismannDrafted by the Miami Dolphins out of Notre Dame in 1971, Theismann couldn’t come to terms with the team financially and opted to play for the Toronto Argonauts instead. He’d spend three seasons in Canada before the Redskins acquired his rights in 1974.7) Cameron Wakehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-CujsFRLk8An undrafted rookie coming out of Penn State in 2005, Wake was cut by the New York Giants in training camp and ended up playing for the BC Lions in 2007 and 2008, winning the CFL’s Outstanding Defensive Player Award both times. He stuck in the NFL after that, signing with the Dolphins in 2009 and making three of the past four Pro Bowls.8 Mark GastineauThe legendary Jets pass rusher abruptly retired from the NFL in 1988 but tried to make a comeback with the BC Lions in 1990. He lasted four games before going on the injured list with a rib cartilage problem and was cut by the team after missing a meeting with their head coach.
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