Chad Javon Ochocinco (Chad Javon Johnson) was born on January 9, 1978 in Miami, Florida, is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bengals in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State. Ochocinco has been chosen to the Pro Bowl six times and named an All-Pro 3 times. He legally changed his surname from Johnson to Ochocinco prior to the 2008 regular season to reflect the 2 numerals on his Bengals uniform. While he mentions his last name as two words “Ocho Cinco”, his legal last name is condensed into one word, as written on his name change application. Before the start of the 2009 season, the Philadelphia Eagles & the New York Giants shown interest in Ochocinco if he were to be placed on the market after he missed voluntary team offseason workouts. In July 2009, Ochocinco said that he will use Twitter during games, but the NFL banned it. In the August 20 preseason game vs the New England Patriots, Ochocinco took over placekicking duties for the wounded Shayne Graham. He kicked off & made an extra point in the game, which ended up clinching the Bengals’ 7-6 win.
During the season, Ochocinco expressed remorse for the developments in the 2008 season & attempted to make it up to the fans in Cincinnati over some actions. Many of those involved public appearances (usually involving the publication of his autobiography) & also by inviting Bengals fans to dinner & film showings over his Twitter account, gatherings which he picked up the tab for. Many of the events were featured on the Bengals’ official website.
Ochocinco proceeded on to record his seventh career 1,000 yard season, receiving 72 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished the season just 48 yards short of the 10,000 career receiving yards milestone & with 62 career touchdown catches, just one short of the franchise record held by Carl Pickens. Ochocinco opened up the season with 12 receptions for 159 yards & a touchdown in the Bengals opening day loss to the New England Patriots. In doing so, he tied the franchise record for touchdown catches and became the 6th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards w/ 1 team. The following week he became the 30th player in NFL history to surpass 700 career receptions, taking four passes for 44 yards in a 15-10 win.
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