BetMGM announced Thursday that former Titans star Chris “CJ2K” Johnson has signed on as a brand ambassador. Johnson, one of just eight running backs in NFL history to have rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season, will be featured in marketing campaigns, promotions, fan events, and social media for the mobile sportsbook operator.
“I’m excited to join the BetMGM team and to have a new platform to engage with CJ2K fans around the country,” Johnson, who finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals, said in a press release from the operator. “BetMGM is at the forefront of the excitement surrounding sports betting and is a perfect fit for me to get involved in this rapidly growing industry.”
“Throughout his career, Chris Johnson thrilled fans with his performance on the football field, week in and week out,” added BetMGM’s chief revenue officer, Matt Prevost. “As we continue to expand BetMGM’s presence in Arizona and Tennessee, Chris will play a key role in helping us provide new and engaging experiences for our customers.”
Another legendary Running Back joins the BetMGM family 🙌
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) November 4, 2021
BetMGM’s announcement comes after the Titans’ decision to sign Adrian Peterson to help fill the void left in Tennessee’s backfield by Derrick Henry’s foot injury, which required surgery and could cause him to miss the rest of the season. Coincidentally, Johnson, Peterson, and Henry are the last three backs to have eclipsed the “2K” rushing yard mark.
Interestingly, while both men are 36, Johnson is actually six months younger than Peterson, who last suited up for the Detroit Lions in 2020. Johnson’s been out of the NFL since 2017, meaning his legs have got to be fresh. You know where we’re going with this: the possibility of having a Titans RB corps that, once Henry’s foot is healed, could feature three 2,000-yard rushers (aka “32K”).
So, congrats on the brand ambassador gig, Chris, but be sure to swing by the equipment manager’s office and get fitted for some pads before you leave today.
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