Chad Ochocinco, a few years back, was known as "Chad Johnson." But, as one handsome, intrepid reporter discovered, he actually followed through with his name change and became the incorrect, Spanish version of his football jersey.
It appears El Ocho is returning to his roots, however, as he announced on NFL Live that's he's going to change his name back to "Chad Johnson."
"I've done enough with Ocho Cinco," the Bengals wide receiver said to Trey Wingo via telephone.
We'll get to the "enough" thing in just a second, but it's worth noting that he also said "I need to fight my head coach" during the interview, which makes the possibility of a(nother) name change, well, okay, it's still the most interesting thing that happened, but him saying he wants to fight Marvin Lewis on national television is reasonably spicy.
It's also worth noting that he hasn't officially filed the paperwork yet, so don't go burning that Chad Ochocinco ordering that Chad Johnson jersey just quite yet. But, presuming that the Ocho Era truly is coming to an end, let's see how that worked out for the wideout.
|Name||Years||Avg Catches||Avg Yards||Avg TDs|
|Chad Johnson||7 ('01-07)||79.9||1,195||7.0|
|Chad Ochocinco||3 ('08-10)||64.0||806||5.7|
Now, your argument might be, "Hey, jerk! Have you seen Carson Palmer the last three years???" or even "You know he got OLDER, right?"
Fair enough -- but please note that his pre-Ocho average includes his rookie season when he only started three games and only caught 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. (AKA what might be a productive year for him in 2011, zing!)
Take that season out, and while named "Chad Johnson," my man averaged a stupid 88.5 catches, 1,339.3 yards and eight TDs over six seasons.
After that, well, yeah, you can argue reasons other than "more concerned with celebrity than performance" all you want, but it can't be 100 percent coincidence that his production plummeted when he decided to change his name.
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