It was announced yesterday that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, will be wearing the same 85 jersey that he has been wearing for the past eight seasons with just one small major difference. Instead of the name on the back of the jersey reading “C. JOHNSON” like it has, it will have “OCHOCINCO” starting this season. In the last week of August last year, right before the beginning of the 2008 season, Johnson Ochocinco had his name legally changed from Chad Javon Johnson to Chad Javon Ochocinco in Broward County, Florida. Ever since then he has been trying to get the NFL to let him wear his new legal name on the back of his jersey. He finally got his wish… kinda.
There is one little problem with all of this. The jersey wont read exactly the way Johnson Ochocinco wants it to. Instead of being Ocho Cinco, he will be Ochocinco. The reason for this? Well because that’s how he put it on the name-change form when he submitted it nearly nine months ago. The NFL’s AFC Information Managaer said simply “It’s his legal name.” Either way, the jersey are now for sale on the NFL’s official website with “OCHOCINCO” while Johnson’s Ochocinco is selling “OCHO CINCO” paraphernalia on his website.
Chad Johnson Ochocinco is entering his ninth season in the NFL with impressive statistics; 612 receptions for 8,905 yards and 53 touchdowns. All of these number are top-80 (receptions and yards are both top-50) all-time in professional football and top-15 among active players.
What name do you think the NFL should have on the back of the Bengals 85 jersey?