Chad Ochocinco Is Changing His Name Back To Chad Johnson
Chad Ochocinco is retiring. Er, well, sort of. You see, it’s not that Chad—who changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco back in 2008 while he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals—is hanging his cleats up forever. It’s that he doesn’t want to be known as Chad Ochocinco anymore. So he’s apparently preparing to change his name back to Chad Johnson sometime in the near future, much to the delight of his wife-to-be Evelyn Lozada who was apparently not thrilled about the idea of becoming Evelyn Ochocinco. Confused? You should be.
Over the years, Ochocinco (we’ll continue calling him that for now) has done dozens of things that have made us sit up and pay attention. His touchdown dances have become legendary. His interviews have made him one of the most popular players in the league. And his Twitter game has been on point. He’s also become the master of getting himself publicity. Just a week or so ago, he had reporters in Indianapolis in the palm of his hand at Super Bowl XLVI when he made some statements about how he’s been humbled this year. And his name has been his greatest publicity stunt of all. It helped him brand himself and it helped him gain a faithful following of fans. And now, it seems, that’s all over.
To be honest, it’s not the worst idea in the world for Ocho. At this point, he’s trying to salvage what’s left of his NFL career and this is one way that he can show he’s serious about doing it. He’s also preparing to marry Lozada and the “Ochocinco” name that was, more or less, a joke for Chad doesn’t really fit her—or anyone else out there except Chad, for that matter. So, Ocho basically needs to move on from this point in his life. It was funny a few years ago to see him running around in an “Ochocinco” jersey. Now? Not so much. So we think it’s time to retire the Ochocinco name and get back to your roots, Chad. It’s the perfect way for you to put an exclamation point on your career off the field, while you try and go out on top on it.