"85 me. WhoDey," Higgins tweeted Sunday, in reference to the Bengals' team chant.
The Bengals selected Higgins with the first pick of the second round Friday in the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson tweeted about his frustration with teams who chose not to draft Higgins in the first round Thursday prior to the Bengals' second-day selection. He also called Higgins a "game changing player."
Johnson, 42, wore No. 85 for 10 seasons in Cincinnati. Higgins wore No. 5 at Clemson and grew up as a Bengals fan. Johnson tweeted about Higgins several times during the draft. He also retweeted Higgins' post about his choice to wear No. 85 in Cincinnati.
Higgins is also a fan of wide receiver A.J. Green and said he models his game after the Bengals star.
"Just getting a call from my favorite team in the NFL is surreal," Higgins told reporters. "Being able to call myself a Cincinnati Bengal is crazy."