Ochocinco prior to the 2007 Monday Night Football opener
|No. 85 Cincinnati Bengals|
|Date of birth: January 9, 1978|
|Place of birth: Miami, Florida|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)|
|College: Oregon State|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
| As player:|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of the end of the 2009-2010 postseason|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Chad Javon Ochocinco (born Chad Javon Johnson 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 second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State.
Ochocinco has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times and named an All-Pro three times. He legally changed his surname from Johnson to Ochocinco prior to the 2008 regular season to reflect the two numbers on his Bengals uniform.. While he references his last name as two words "Ocho Cinco", his legal last name is condensed into one word, as spelled on his name change application.
After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1996, Johnson attended Langston University, a historically black university in Langston, Oklahoma, but did not play football. In 1997 he transferred to Santa Monica College, a junior college in Santa Monica, California, where he was a teammate of future Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith. In 2000, he transferred to Oregon State University after being aggressively recruited by coach Dennis Erickson. Alongside future Bengals teammate T. J. Houshmandzadeh, he led his team to an 11-1 season and a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl that year. He also broke a school record for the longest touchdown reception with a 97-yard reception in a game against Stanford University.
Johnson saw moderate playing time as a rookie, catching 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. In 2003, he set a Bengals franchise record by recording 1,355 receiving yards. In 2004, he caught 95 receptions for 9 touchdowns and 1,274 yards, including 117 receiving yards in a 58-48 win against the Cleveland Browns. He later surpassed the record in 2005, recording 1,432 yards. He led the AFC in receiving yards for four consecutive seasons, and he made the Pro Bowl five straight times from 2003 to 2007.
On April 20, 2006, Johnson signed an extension to his contract through 2011.
During the first half of 2006 season, Johnson saw little activity. After being bogged down by an early injury, his productivity endured a sharp decline. During the first eight weeks of the 2006 season, he only caught two touchdown passes, while only amassing 483 yards. However, after shaving his Mohawk and changing his mentality, he had a breakout game in a losing effort against the San Diego Chargers. Johnson accumulated 260 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns, which broke the previous Bengals record for most receiving yards in a game. He went on to amass 190 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in a 31-16 win over the New Orleans Saints in the following week. This gave him an NFL record 450 receiving yards in back-to-back games, breaking the previous record of 448 set by San Francisco 49ers receiver John Taylor in 1989. In the following week, he gained 129 yards receiving breaking the three game receiving record since the NFL–AFL merger in 1970 and coming within 40 yards of the all-time record.
Johnson finished the 2006 season with 87 receptions for a league leading 1,369 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was the first Bengal ever to lead the NFL in receiving yards. He and Houshmandzadeh also became the first Bengals teammates to each amass over 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
In addition to being one of the most productive receivers in the NFL, Johnson is also one of the most popular ones. In the fan voting for the 2006 Pro Bowl, he finished first in votes for wide receivers, and fourth overall with 987,650 total votes. He has earned nationwide attention for his flamboyant attitude, which is often seen during his infamous end zone celebrations after catching touchdown passes. In a list released in August 2006 by Fox Sports listing the top 10 showboats in professional sports, Johnson topped the list.
Before teammate Chris Henry was suspended for eight games of the 2007 season for off-field issues, Johnson spoke of Henry in an interview with ESPN which was featured on NFL Live. He said in the interview of how Chris tried to act like a "hardball" and went a little too far, and that "everyone gets it".
In the first game of the season, on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson scored the game's first score on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer. Following the touchdown, he grabbed a jacket that resembles the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees' jacket that said, "Future H.o.F 20??". Johnson finished the game with 5 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. In the next game against the Cleveland Browns, he racked up 209 yards on 11 catches for two touchdowns in the 51-45 loss. This gave him a career total of 7,229 receiving yards, breaking the Bengals franchise record previously held by Isaac Curtis. The very next game against the Seattle Seahawks, he totaled nine receptions for 138 yards as the Bengals lost again. Against the New York Jets, in which the Bengals won 38-31, he had 3 receptions for 102 yards and a rush for 15 yards.
In the fourth quarter of the Bengals Week 9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Johnson was rolled off the field on a stretcher, with a reported head injury. He had dove out for a pass, with under a minute left in the 33-21 loss, and then was sandwiched by Donte Whitner and Coy Wire. He was reported to be moving at the hospital. He finished the game with three catches for 48 yards. A CT scan performed to detect nerve damage came back negative, and he did not miss any games from the injury.
Over his next two games, Johnson did not score any touchdowns or gain more than 86 yards. But he had a breakout performance in a November 25 win over the Tennessee Titans, catching a career high 12 passes for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns. This gave him over 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth consecutive season. He also surpassed Carl Pickens as the Bengals all-time leader in receptions.
By week 15, Johnson and Houshmandzadeh both gained over 1,000 receiving yards for the second year in a row. However, a loss to the San Francisco 49ers that week ensured the team would finish the year with their first losing season since 2002. Johnson finished the season with 4 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win over the Miami Dolphins, giving him 93 receptions for 1,440 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season.
His 1,440 yards set a new Bengals franchise record, breaking his own record of 1,432 in 2005. It was the third time that he had finished a season with a new Bengals record for receiving yards. His yardage was third most in the NFL, his receptions were 12th most, and his touchdowns were tied for 15th most in the league.
Johnson was passed up for the 2008 Pro Bowl team, which instead selected his teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Due to injury, however, Patriots' receiver Randy Moss was forced to withdraw from the Pro Bowl, and Johnson was selected as his replacement. The selection marked his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Johnson and Houshmandzadeh became the first pair of Bengals receivers to make the Pro Bowl in the same year.
On January 13, 2008, Johnson was a guest on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show. During the interview, he addressed how the media and team treated him during the 2007 season, saying, "I was labeled selfish and a cancer, and it hurt...Fingers were pointed at me this year. If the team and the organization wants to further itself (make the playoffs), I think you need to get rid of the problem...It hurt me. To do me that way and not to have my back. Things were said, and nobody came to my defense." However, head coach Marvin Lewis commented on the issue by saying that the Bengals will not be trading Johnson. "He is a Cincinnati Bengal for quite a while," Lewis said.
On February 4, Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated that Johnson would not sit out the 2008 season and would play, but would not say whether it would still be with Cincinnati or not. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Johnson felt betrayed by Marvin Lewis and was privately threatening to sit out the 2008 season.
On February 14, 2008, Marvin Lewis announced that the Bengals never discussed trading Johnson and would not unless the right deal was there. Reports at the time stated that Johnson had been looking for a deal with the Washington Redskins. Lewis also stated that he had not spoken to Johnson since the last regular season game; yet when asked about the trade rumors, Chad said "Call me, Dan," referring to Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder. On April 22, the Cincinnati Bengals' declined a Washington Redskins' trade for Johnson involving a first round 2008 NFL Draft selection and a 2009 NFL Draft selection.
On NFL Network's NFL Total Access, Johnson said he did not want a pay raise from the Bengals, but rather a "change of scenery". Johnson then refused to speak to reporters and missed the offseason workout programs and practices. On April 16, Johnson announced he wanted to be traded before the 2008 NFL Draft or as soon as possible afterwards. Johnson also said he would not attend any Bengals' functions, mandatory or voluntary, despite what quarterback Carson Palmer said about Johnson reporting to the team's mini-camp. The next day, April 17, teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh told ESPN that it would be best for the Bengals to trade Johnson . "I think eventually he'll show up, but then you have to worry about how much of a distraction he'll be," Houshmandzadeh told ESPN.
On June 3, nine days before the opening of the Bengals' mandatory minicamp on June 12, Johnson told ESPN The Magazine that he would be returning to the Bengals for the camp, saying "Am I coming back? Of course I am". Johnson 's agent Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed reports that Johnson would indeed show up to training camp and honor his contract. On August 5, Johnson returned to practice after his ankle surgery on June 18.
In the Bengals' August 17 pre-season game against the Detroit Lions, Johnson suffered an injury to his left shoulder and did not return. Initial reports were that it was a mild separation, which was later echoed by Marvin Lewis: "We'll be able to treat it conservatively, and he'll have to get his strength back in it. It came out and went right back in on the field." A later examination revealed that he had actually suffered a partial tear to the labrum. Despite his injury he planned to play the entire season, stating that he had spoken with then Cleveland Browns' Kellen Winslow, Jr. and Donte Stallworth and the Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Westbrook, all of whom have played with a similar condition. Johnson stated that "I'm lifting my normal weight. I do everything normal now. Everything. It's been what? Eight days? I'm back to normal."
Ochocinco and the Bengals began the season 0-8, with Carson Palmer being out for the season with an injury early in the campaign and Ochocinco experiencing his worst statistical season in his career. Ochocinco totaled 11 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in the first four games of the season, unable to gain more than 37 yards receiving in any of the contests. Following a 3 reception for 43 yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys in a loss, Ochocinco had consecutive games with 50-yard receiving totals (57 against the New York Giants & 52 against the Pittsburgh Steelers). Ochocinco then had 44 yards off of 5 receptions in a loss to the Houston Texans.
However, the Bengals won their first game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 9 by a score of 21-19. In that game, Ochocinco had 5 receptions for 37 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores marked the first multi-touchdown game of the season for Ochocinco.
Ochocinco finished the season with 53 catches for 540 yards and 4 touchdowns - his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign.
Before the start of the 2009 season, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants expressed 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. In the August 20 preseason game vs the New England Patriots, Ochocinco took over placekicking duties for the injured Shayne Graham. He kicked off and made an extra point in the game, which ended up clinching the Bengals' 7-6 win.
Ochocinco went on to record his 7th career 1,000 yard season, catching 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 and with 62 career touchdown catches, just one short of the franchise record held by Carl Pickens.
On January 15th, Ochocinco was announced as a pro bowl selection to replace Wes Welker, who was injured in the final week of the regular season. It was Ochocinco's 6th pro bowl selection, tying Lemar Parrish for the second highest total in franchise history.
Bengals franchise records
Ochocinco holds the following records in the Bengals organization:
- Most receiving yards in a season (1,440)
- Most receiving yards all-time
- Most receptions
- Most receiving yards in a game (260)
- Most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards (7)
- Most touchdown receptions in a game (3, tied with several other players)
During the 2005 NFL season, Ochocinco announced that he would keep a checklist, entitled who Covered 85 in '05, that would evaluate the defensive backs that successfully managed to cover him. On November 2, 2005, Marvin Lewis, the Bengals head coach, replaced Ochocinco’s list with another one entitled, Did 85 do everything he could to lead his team to victory 11-6-05. The list, an obvious parody of the original, asked several questions regarding Ochocinco’s performance both on and off the field. According to the Bengals' official website, the list was aimed to galvanize the Baltimore Ravens, whom the Bengals would play in four days. Ochocinco was not pleased with the new list, as he had developed a superstitious faith in the older list. He had a stellar performance during the game, prompting the return of the original list.
In 2007, Degree and Yahoo! created an online version of his checklist. The checklist allowed fans to vote for which NFL quarterback Ochocinco would like to play catch with the most. Every vote helped him raise money for his charity project,"Feed the Children".
On October 25, 2006, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, when his last name was still Johnson, he announced that he would prefer to be called "Ocho Cinco", which is "eight five" in Spanish – "eighty five" is "ochenta y cinco", "eighty and five". During warm-ups for the October 29, 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, the back of his jersey read "Ocho Cinco" instead of "C. Johnson". Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped the label off the jersey to reveal the usual "C. Johnson". According to ESPN, Ochocinco was fined $5,000 for the stunt despite the fact that he did not wear the "Ocho Cinco" name tag during the game.
Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ochocinco on August 29, 2008. The Cincinnati Bengals decided to allow him to have it on the back of his jersey, though Ochocinco continued to wear his old "C. Johnson" jersey during the 2008 football season, because of contractual obligations with Reebok. He has played with "Ochocinco" on the back of his jersey since the 2009 preseason. He wanted it to read "Ocho Cinco" but the NFL will only allow his legal name as spelled on his name change paperwork.
Ochocinco announced on his live USTREAM broadcast that he will be legally changing his last name to “Hachi Go” next season. He also held up a Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey with the last name "Hachi Go" on the back. Just like the words Ocho Cinco translate to 8 and 5 in Spanish, the words Hachi Go translate to 8 and 5 in Japanese. 
In popular culture
Ochocinco has officially launched a new iPhone application for $2.99USD. Ochocinco, a known habitual user of Twitter, worked with teammate and Bengals backup QB Jordan Palmer to create the application. Palmer is the younger brother of Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer. Palmer has been working with friends to create new ways for athletes and entertainers alike to bond with their fans. The application will mirror Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh's iPhone application as it will be a more personal version of Twitter that's only coverage of the featured athlete.
- Ochocinco is a cousin of current NFL cornerback Samari Rolle and former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
- Ochocinco has four children: Jicyra, Chad Johnson II, Chade and Cha'iel.
- On May 5, 2007, Johnson was sued for allegedly not giving away a Lexus that was supposed to be raffled off. The suit added two plaintiffs that claimed that they have won trips from Johnson (one to Europe; one to Hawaii), that Johnson never awarded.
- On June 9, 2007, Johnson raced a thoroughbred racehorse over a furlong (220 yards / 200 meters) for charity. Johnson, given a 110-yard (100 m) head start, beat the horse by twelve lengths.
- Ochocinco has stated that he is an Arsenal FC supporter, and his favourite players are Ronaldinho (whom he referred to as a "magician"), Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry. He released a statement during the halftime of the 20 August 2009 preseason game against the Patriots after he had kicked a PAT, which stated, "'Esteban' Ochocinco is back.... The most interesting footballer in the world. Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my number-one sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now."
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Legal name changing papers
- ↑ "Personal Bio". http://www.chadjohnson85.com/bio.php. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- ↑ Bengals' Johnson talks the talk but walks the walk
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Bengals wide receiver changes last name to Ocho Cinco". espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3560377. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- ↑ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15063347/ "Chad Johnson’s numbers nothing to brag about"]. 2006-09-29. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15063347/. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
- ↑ "Bengals sign Johnson to extension". http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/news_story.asp?ID=163322. Retrieved 2006-08-15.
- ↑ "Old-fashioned shootout". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/nfl/11/12/chargers.bengals.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2006-11-12.
- ↑ "Record 70.5 million All-Star votes cast". http://www.nfl.com/probowl/balloting_final. Retrieved 2006-08-15.
- ↑ Golokhov, Dave (2006-08-15). "Top 10 showboats in sports". http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5872400. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
- ↑ Bengals' Chad Johnson Injured, Leaves Game On Stretcher - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati
- ↑ The Canadian Press: Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson heading to fifth Pro Bowl
- ↑ Fantasy Football Breaking News - Rotoworld.com
- ↑ ESPN - Rosenhaus says Johnson will play in '08, but won't say if it's with Cincinnati - NFL
- ↑ ESPN - Lewis says it again: Chad Johnson isn't going anywhere - NFL
- ↑ ESPN - Skins offer '08 first-rounder, '09 pick for Johnson; Cincy says no - NFL
- ↑ Fantasy Football Breaking News - Rotoworld.com
- ↑ McClain: NFL hair length seems hardly worth fuss | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
- ↑ "Ocho Cinco says he won't attend team functions, demands trade" by John Clayton, ESPN - April 16, 2008
- ↑ "Houshmandzadeh: It will be problem for Bengals if Johnson not dealt" - ESPN, April 17, 2008
- ↑ Report: Johnson says he'll return to Bengals - Fox Sports on MSN
- ↑ The roster rundown
- ↑ The Sports Network - National Football League
- ↑ Chad suffers sprained shoulder
- ↑ Chad Johnson has partially torn labrum
- ↑ http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090412/SPT02/904120325
- ↑ http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/cincinnati-bengals/bengals-ochocinco-plans-to-tweet-during-games-195528.html Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 Hobson, Geoff (2005-11-02). "Notes: Ravens at top of Chad's list". http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=4787. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 McManamon, Patrick (2007-09-15). "Frye trade just doesn't up". Ohio.com. pp. 3. http://www.ohio.com/sports/browns/9804987.html?page=3&c=y. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- ↑ "Bengals' WR Chad Johnson Now Ocho Cinco". http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=5727899. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- ↑ HOBSON (2006-10-25). "Notes: Chad's Old English; Hall's New Deal". http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=5617. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
- ↑ Pasquarelli (2006-11-02). "Chad Johnson to cough up $5K for 'Ocho Cinco' stunt". http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2647613. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
- ↑ "Bengals putting Ocho Cinco on No. 85 jersey". ESPN. 2008-09-04. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3569580. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- ↑ Kay, Joe (2008-10-23). "Bengals WR Ocho Cinco will play under his old name for the rest of this season". Associated Press. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/33018294.html. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- ↑ "'Financial obligation remains' before Ocho Cinco on jersey". ESPN. 2008-09-07. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3574151. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- ↑ "NFL agrees to Ochocinco name change on Bengals Jersey". Associated Press. 2009-05-14. http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8105395c&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Johnson-Ochocinco-quot-Hachi-Go-quot-Chad-s?urn=nfl,207862
- ↑ Adams, David (2006-08-24). "Chad Johnson Covers NFL Street 3". http://ps2.ign.com/articles/727/727985p1.html. Retrieved 2006-09-11.
- ↑ http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=295506
- ↑ Versus - "Sports Soup" - "Child, Please!" - Versus (accessed November 10, 2009)
- ↑ "Player - Chad Ochocinco - Cincinnati Bengals". www.bengals.com. http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/Chad-Ochocinco/09ddc7d1-e507-4a75-ab2b-f6f17723cbf8. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
- ↑ "A Bengal changes his stripes". http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0905081ocho2.html. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
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- ↑ Hobson, Geoff. "Chad's a beast". www.bengals.com. http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=6091. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
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- ↑ "Ochocinco Provides a Momentary Break in the Boredom". projo.com. http://www.projo.com/patriots/content/sp_fbn_jim_donaldson_20_08-21-09_V8FFG14_v1.3985b8a.html. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
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