The artist formally known as Chad Ochocinco is changing his name back to Johnson. Ochocinco told NFL Live despite past drama he is staying with the Cincinnati Bengals in the final year of his contract and will start fresh by changing his name back to Johnson. The 6-time Pro Bowler first adopted the last name in 2006 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Ochocinco announced he would like to go by “Ocho Cinco,” in honor of his football number 85.
On October 29, 2006, during warm-ups before the Atlanta Falcons game, Ochocinco wore a jersey with the name “Ochocinco” on the back. Just before kickoff, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer ripped the name tag on the jersey to reveal C.Johnson. The NFL fined Ochocinco $5,000. In 2008, Ochocinco legally changed his name, forcing the league to allow Ochocinco to have the last name on his jersey for the 2009 season.
As fellow Chaser AJ pointed out… Ochocinco is engaged, which maybe the real reason he is changing his last name back to Johnson. Who would want to be Mrs. Ochocinco… ¡Ay, caramba!