Chad Johnson: 'I took Viagra before every game' to get around PED rules By Erin Walsh | Last updated 7/29/20 Chad Johnson revealed something pretty major about his NFL career on Tuesday night. The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver said he would take Viagra before games to boost his performance. While many thought Johnson was joking, he replied to a tweet saying: "No it wasn’t a joke, I really took viagra before games, the increase in blood flow made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes." As for why Johnson took Viagra? He admitted it was a way to get around the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.