Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson[1] (born January 9, 1978),[2] known from 2008–2012 as Chad Ochocinco,[3] is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football for Santa Monica College and Oregon State University, and played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and played for the Bengals for 10 seasons. In 2011, Johnson was traded to the New England Patriots, who he played for in Super Bowl XLVI. In 2012, Johnson played for the Miami Dolphins during preseason but was released following his arrest for domestic violence. He played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2014 to 2015, and played one game in 2017 for Mexican team Monterrey Fundidores of the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional.

In April 2011, CNBC listed Johnson as number 1 on its list of "Most Influential Athletes In Social Media."[4] Johnson was a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, was named to 4 All-Pro teams and was voted as the number one wide receiver on the Bengals 40th Anniversary team.[5]

Chad Johnson Jr.
refer to caption
Johnson with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006
No. 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:January 9, 1978 (age 41)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Beach Senior
(Miami Beach, Florida)
College:Oregon State
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:766
Receiving yards:11,059
Yards per reception:14.4
Receiving touchdowns:67
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and college career

Johnson was born in Miami, Florida.[6][7] After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1997, Johnson attended Langston University but did not play football. In 1997, he transferred to Santa Monica College, a community college in Santa Monica, California. While at Santa Monica College, he played with future NFL wide receiver Steve Smith. In 2000, he transferred to Oregon State University, after being aggressively recruited by coach Dennis Erickson to play for the Oregon State Beavers football team. 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.

College statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2000 Oregon State 12 37 806 8
College Totals 12 37 806 8

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
192 lb
(87 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.58 s 1.58 s 2.63 s 4.14 s 7.51 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Cincinnati Bengals (2001–2010)

Chad Johnson at Detroit at Cincinnati 2008-08-17
Johnson prior to a game against the Detroit Lions.
Chad Johnson
Johnson doing his pregame workouts alongside the 70th Intelligence Wing Honor Guard.

The Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League chose Johnson in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft with the 36th overall pick.

In Johnson's rookie year, he saw moderate playing time, catching 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown.[9] In 2003, he set a Bengals franchise record by recording 1,355 receiving yards.[10] In 2004, he caught 95 passes for 9 touchdowns and 1,274 yards, including 117 receiving yards in a 58-48 win against the Cleveland Browns.[11]

2005 season

He later surpassed his franchise 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.[12]

During the 2005 NFL season, Johnson announced that he would keep a checklist, titled 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 Johnson's list with another one titled, 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 Johnson's performance both on and off the field. According to the Bengals' official website, the list was aimed to antagonize their divisional rival, the Baltimore Ravens, whom the Bengals would play in four days. Johnson 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.[13]

In 2007, Degree and Yahoo! created an online version of his checklist. The checklist allowed fans to vote for which NFL quarterback Johnson would like to play catch with the most. Every vote helped him raise money for his charity project, "Feed the Children".[14]

2006 season

On April 20, 2006, Johnson signed an extension to his contract through 2011.[15]

During the first half of the 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.[16] 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 of 450 receiving yards in back-to-back games (currently in 2nd behind Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns who had 498 yards in back to back games in 2013), breaking the previous record of 448 set by San Francisco 49ers receiver John Taylor in 1989. In the following week, he gained 123 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 was 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.[17] 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.[18]

2007 season

In the first game of the season, on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson scored the game's first touchdown on a 39-yard 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-nine loss to the Buffalo Bills, Johnson was rolled off the field on a stretcher, with a reported head injury. He 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.[19] 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, and moved him past 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 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.[20]

2008 season

Chad Johnson 2007
Chad Johnson in 2007.

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.[21]

On February 4, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Johnson felt betrayed by Marvin Lewis and was privately threatening to sit out the 2008 season, though his agent Drew Rosenhaus denied it.[22] When asked about trade rumors, Johnson said "Call me, Dan," referring to Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder,[23] 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.[24] and 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".[25] Marvin Lewis stated he had not spoken to Johnson since the last regular season game, and reiterated his lack of interest in a trade. After several weeks of silence, in April, Johnson again announced he wanted to be traded, and caused a rift with teammates by refusing to attend off-season workout programs and practices.[26][27][28] Nine days before the opening of the Bengals' mandatory minicamp on June 12, Johnson told ESPN The Magazine that "of course I am" attending,[29] confirmed by his agent.[30] After ankle surgery on June 18, he returned to full practice in August.[31] He suffered a partially torn labrum in the first preseason game on August 17, but decided to play the entire season with the injury.[32][33]

On August 29, Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco.

The Bengals began the season 0-8, with Carson Palmer out for the season with an injury early in the campaign and Johnson experiencing his worst statistical season in his career. Johnson 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 dismal performance (3 receptions for 43 yards) against the Dallas Cowboys in a loss, Johnson had consecutive games with 50-yard receiving totals (57 against the New York Giants & 52 against the Pittsburgh Steelers). Johnson 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, Johnson had 5 receptions for 37 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores marked the first multi-touchdown game of the season for Johnson .

Johnson finished the season with 53 catches for 540 yards and 4 touchdowns — his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign.

2009 season

Before the start of the 2009 season, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants expressed interest in Johnson if he were to be placed on the market after he missed voluntary team offseason workouts.[34] In July 2009, Johnson said that he would use Twitter during games, but the NFL banned it.[35] In the August 20 preseason game against the New England Patriots, Johnson 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.

During the season, Johnson expressed remorse for the developments in the 2008 season and attempted to make it up to the fans in Cincinnati through numerous actions. Many of those involved public appearances (usually involving the publication of his autobiography) and also by inviting Bengals fans to dinner and movie showings through his Twitter account, gatherings for which he picked up the tab. Many of the events were featured on the Bengals' official website.

Ochocinco-Terrell Owens
Ochocinco (left) and Terrell Owens before a game against the New England Patriots on September 12, 2010.

Johnson 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 15, Johnson was announced as a Pro Bowl selection to replace Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who was injured in the final week of the regular season. It was Johnson's sixth Pro Bowl selection, tying Lemar Parrish for the second highest total in franchise history.

2010 season

Johnson opened up the 2010 season with 12 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals opening day loss to the New England Patriots. In doing so, he tied the franchise record for touchdown catches (which he later surpassed) and became the 6th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards with one team. The following week, he became the 30th player in NFL history to surpass 700 career receptions, catching four passes for 44 yards in a 15-10 win.

New England Patriots (2011)

Ochocinco in 2011 Patriots camp
Ochocinco practicing with the Patriots shortly after being traded to them.

On July 28, 2011, the New England Patriots acquired Johnson in a trade with Cincinnati after he restructured a three-year contract for $6.35 million. The Patriots traded two draft picks, a 5th round pick in 2012, and a 6th round pick in 2013.[36] Those picks were later used on wide receivers Marvin Jones (2012 pick) and Cobi Hamilton (2013 pick).

Johnson had statistically the least productive season of his career, catching 15 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown. He was inactive for the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens after reportedly attending his father's funeral.[37] Johnson played in his first Super Bowl, catching 1 pass for 21 yards. His 21 yard reception was the longest pass completion for the Patriots in that Super Bowl. The Patriots lost to the New York Giants 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.[38]

On June 7, 2012, Johnson was released from the Patriots.[39]

Miami Dolphins (2012)

Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins on June 11, 2012.[40]

On July 24, Johnson legally changed his last name from Ochocinco back to Johnson.[41]

On August 12, the Dolphins released Johnson following his arrest the previous night.[42] The meeting in which head coach Joe Philbin notified Johnson of his release from the Dolphins was shown in the episode of HBO's Hard Knocks that originally aired on August 14.[43]

Montreal Alouettes (2014–2015)

Johnson signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on April 17, 2014.[44] During the 2014 CFL season, Johnson appeared in five regular season games, mostly due to nagging injuries and he missed two playoff games to address a personal family matter in Florida. In four of the games, Johnson accumulated seven receptions for 151 yards and scored one touchdown. Johnson did not report for mandatory training camp in the spring of 2015, and was subsequently suspended by the Alouettes. He spent the entire 2015 CFL season on team suspension.[45] Following the season, Johnson was not offered a new contract by the Alouettes and became a free agent on February 9, 2016.[46]

Monterrey Fundidores (2017)

In March 2017, it was confirmed on the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional de México's website that Johnson would play with the Mexican team Monterrey Fundidores for one game.[47] He scored on a 41-yard touchdown reception to help Monterrey win the game.[48][49]

Coaching career

In March 2016, Chad Johnson tweeted to the Cleveland Browns new head coach and his former wide receiver coach, Hue Jackson, to ask if he would let Johnson work with the receivers during training camp. In July 2016, Jackson agreed to have Johnson work as a guest instructor for the Browns.[50] Jackson admitted that Johnson wants to "try his hand" at coaching.[51]

Professional statistics

NFL

Team Info Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2001 Cincinnati Bengals 12 3 28 329 11.9 28 1
2002 Cincinnati Bengals 16 14 69 1,166 16.9 72 5
2003 Cincinnati Bengals 16 14 90 1,355 15.1 82 10
2004 Cincinnati Bengals 16 16 95 1,274 13.4 53 9 4 39 9.8 18 0 1 0
2005 Cincinnati Bengals 16 16 97 1,432 14.8 70 9 5 33 6.6 11 0 1 0
2006 Cincinnati Bengals 16 16 87 1,369 15.7 74 7 6 24 4.0 8 0 1 1
2007 Cincinnati Bengals 16 16 93 1,440 15.5 70 8 6 47 7.8 16 0 2 1
2008 Cincinnati Bengals 13 10 53 540 10.2 26 4
2009 Cincinnati Bengals 16 15 72 1,047 14.5 50 9 3 32 10.7 26 0 2 2
2010 Cincinnati Bengals 14 12 67 831 12.4 42 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 New England Patriots 15 3 15 276 18.4 53 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 166 135 766 11,059 14.4 82 67 24 175 7.3 26 0 7 4

CFL

Team Info Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Nope Lost
2014 Montreal Alouettes 5 7 151 21.6 46 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Montreal Alouettes DNP — Suspended

Career awards and highlights

NFL records and career notables

Bengals franchise records

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Chad Johnson held at least 11 Bengals franchise records, including:

  • Receptions: career (751)
  • Receiving Yds: career (10,783), season (1,440 in 2007), game (260 on November 11, 2006 against San Diego)
  • Receiving TDs: career (66), game (3 on November 19, 2006 against New Orleans)
  • Yds from Scrimmage: career (10,958)
  • All-Purpose Yds: career (10,964)
  • 100+ yard receiving games: career (31)
  • Games with 1+ TD scored: career (50)
  • 1000+ receiving yard seasons: 7

Projects outside the NFL

Smartphone apps

An iPhone game called Mad Chad was designed by both Johnson and RockLive and released on November 18, 2010.[53] It was featured on iTunes and was a popular downloaded app in 2010.

Dancing with the Stars

On March 1, 2010, it was announced that Johnson would be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season. He was paired with two-time champion Cheryl Burke. The season premiere was on Monday, March 22, 2010.[54] He was eliminated from the show as one of the final four competitors on May 18, 2010, after receiving the lowest judges' score and number of votes. He was the 100th contestant to be eliminated in the show's history.[55]

Versus

Johnson had his own segment on Sports Soup titled "Child, Please".[56]

During the 2010-2011 NFL season, he and teammate Terrell Owens teamed up for a talk show, The T. Ocho Show on Versus, talking football, basketball, and pop culture. The show was cancelled in 2011 as a result of Comcast's plans to re-launch Versus as an NBC Sports-branded service, as its new staff did not feel that the show would fit with the network's new goals.[57]

The Ultimate Catch

Johnson was featured on his own reality television dating show called Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch on VH1.[58] Aspiring singer-songwriter Rubi Pazmino won the show. Fellow NFL wide receivers Terrell Owens and Bernard Berrian were occasionally featured on the show, advising Johnson throughout the process.

WWE

Ochocinco was featured as the guest host of WWE Raw on September 13, 2010.[59]

Soccer career

Chad Johnson
Personal information
Full name Chad Javon Johnson
Date of birth January 9, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Miami, Florida
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Boca Raton FC
Number 85
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Boca Raton FC 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Due to the 2011 NFL Lockout, on March 16, 2011, Ochocinco announced he would have a four-day trial for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Ochocinco was a star soccer player in his youth and has stated he is an avid fan of the sport. His trial began on March 23, 2011.[60] On March 25, he was asked to play in a reserve game. On March 29, he was not offered a contract by the team but was offered the chance to train with the reserve side to stay in shape.[61]

In 2018, Johnson returned to soccer, signing for then-National Premier Soccer League side Boca Raton FC in October after a period of training. He made his debut for the club, playing as a forward, in a 1-0 win over Himmarshee FC.[62][63] He scored his first goal for the club on October 20, 2018, netting a penalty in a 2-0 win over FC Boca Predators.[64]

On March 12, 2019, Johnson re-signed with Boca Raton FC for the 2019 Spring UPSL season after the team joined the United Premier Soccer League.[65]

Professional Bull Riders event

In May, Ochocinco announced via his Twitter account that he would attempt to participate in a PBR event in Duluth, Georgia.[66] He rode the bull Deja Blue,[67] which weighs 1,500 pounds, and lasted 1.5 seconds during the intermission of May 14, 2011's Professional Bull Riders event.

Acting

In June 2011, Ochocinco filmed a cameo role as himself for the 2012 film American Reunion.[68][69] Ochocinco also appeared as a former captain of the BMS Goats on the Season 3 premiere of the television show Blue Mountain State and as himself on the Season 2 premiere of the television show The League.[70] He was also featured in the hit series The Game as himself.

Other pursuits

Ochocinco was featured in a national pistachio commercial in winter 2010 and spring 2011.[71]

He was featured in the R&B singer Monica's video "Everything to Me".

Chad Ochocinco voiced himself and his likeness was featured on an episode of Squidbillies, titled "Lean Green Touchdown Makifying Machine" (Season 5, Episode 9)

He appears on the cover of EA's 2006 video game NFL Street 3. He is the main adversary in the game, and narrates the tutorials with Clinton Portis and Byron Leftwich.[72]

Ochocinco appeared naked, outside of a strategically placed football, in PETA's "Ink Not Mink" ad campaign, which encourages people to choose tattoos over wearing animal fur.[73] Johnson appeared with his mother Paula on the WeTV reality show "Marriage Bootcamp Reality Stars: Family Edition." The show, which premiered April 28, 2017, deals with unconventional therapy.

Personal life

Johnson has eight children.[74] His son, Chad Jr., who is a four star recruit for the recruiting class of 2020, committed to play college football at Arizona State University.[75]

In May 2007, Johnson was sued for allegedly not giving away a Lexus that was supposed to be raffled off. The suit added two plaintiffs who claimed that they had won trips from Johnson (one to Europe, the other to Hawaii), that Johnson never awarded.[76]

Johnson has interests in sports outside of football. In June 2007, he footraced against 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.[77] He is a Real Madrid supporter,[78] and a fan of the Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara.[79] Johnson constantly shows his support for both teams on his official Twitter account.[80] In March 2015, Johnson garnered attention as he was involved in a tweeting exchange with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL regarding the acquisition of Chad Johnson, the goaltender of the same name.[81] In February 2016, Johnson endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.[82]

Johnson is an avid player of the FIFA video game series, frequently referring to himself as “FIFA king”. He also frequently accepts challenges from fans on Twitter and even occasionally, when traveling, will go over to people’s houses and play them.[83]

Name changes

Chad Johnson and Bart Scott
Johnson and Bart Scott exchanging words after a game in 2006.

On October 25, 2006, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Johnson, whose jersey number was "85", announced that he would prefer to be called "Ocho Cinco," which is "eight five" in Spanish ("Eighty-five" would be "ochenta y cinco").[84] 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".[85] According to ESPN, Johnson was fined $5,000 for the stunt despite the fact that he did not wear the "Ocho Cinco" name tag during the game.[86]

Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ochocinco on August 29, 2008.[87] The Cincinnati Bengals decided to allow him to have it on the back of his jersey,[88] though Ochocinco continued to wear his old "C. Johnson" jersey during the 2008 football season,[89] because of contractual obligations with Reebok. He played with "Ochocinco" on the back of his jersey from the 2009 season to the 2011 season.[90] He wanted it to read "Ocho Cinco" but the NFL will only allow his legal name as spelled on his name change paperwork.[91]

Ochocinco announced on his live USTREAM broadcast in 2009 that he would be legally changing his last name to "Hachi Go" in 2010. He also held up a customized Cincinnati Bengals jersey with the last name "Hachi Go" on the back. Just as the words Ocho Cinco translate to 8 and 5 in Spanish, the words Hachi Go (八五) translate to 8 and 5 in Japanese.[92] However, he did not go through with the name change.

On January 25, 2011, Ochocinco told an ESPN reporter that he would be changing his last name back to Johnson.[93] However, on June 30, 2011, Ochocinco told an ESPN reporter that because of financial issues, he would keep his name as Chad Ochocinco and not go back to Johnson.[94]

On July 23, 2012, after Ochocinco's move to the Miami Dolphins, he legally changed his name back to Chad Johnson at a Broward County courthouse because he "wanted to reconnect with his former self".[95]

Marriage, arrest, divorce, and incarceration

On November 16, 2010, Ochocinco proposed to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, whom he had been dating since earlier in the year.[96]

Johnson and Lozada married on July 4, 2012. The day before the wedding, a fan reached out to Johnson on Twitter for prayers after losing her husband the previous month. Johnson, in return, invited her on an all-expenses-paid trip to the wedding.[97]

On August 11, 2012, Johnson was arrested on a charge of domestic battery according to the Davie, Florida police.[98][99] Johnson allegedly headbutted Lozada following an argument. Johnson was released the following afternoon on $2,500 bond.[100] Later that day, he was released by the Miami Dolphins.[101][102]

On August 14, 2012, Lozada filed for divorce claiming that her marriage was "irretrievably broken."[103] The divorce was finalized on September 19, 2012.[104]

On September 21, 2012, Johnson entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors and Lozada.[105] Johnson received a year of probation.[106]

On May 7, 2013, a warrant was issued for Johnson's arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.[107] According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Johnson failed to meet with probation specialists on February 15 and March 15, and failed to show proof of enrollment and completion of a batterers intervention program. On May 20, Johnson turned himself in and was released later in the day after posting a $1,000 bond.[108]

On June 10, 2013, Johnson was sentenced to thirty days in jail for violating his probation.[109] Although a plea deal that called for no jail time was reached, Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his male attorney on the buttocks in court. The judge said that Johnson was not taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. In addition to the jail sentence, his probation was extended for three months through December, and he was required to perform twenty-five hours of community service and to undergo two counseling sessions per week. On June 17, Johnson was released from jail after apologizing to the court.[110]

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2000 NCAA Division III football season

The 2000 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2000, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2000 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their fifth Division III championship by defeating the Saint John's (MN) Johnnies, 10−7.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Chad Johnson, quarterback from Pacific Lutheran.

2001 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2001 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise’s 34th year in professional football and its 32nd with the National Football League. In the first full season with Dick LeBeau as head coach, the Bengals abandoned their plans for developing quarterback Akili Smith as their starter by acquiring Jon Kitna from the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals would win their first two games with Kitna behind center, and sat at 4–3 through the first seven games of the season. However, the Bengals would struggle again, losing their next seven games as Kitna struggled with inconsistency, throwing 22 interceptions while throwing only 12 touchdown passes. The Bengals would win their final two games to close the season with a mediocre 6–10 record, their eleventh consecutive season without tallying a winning record. Despite the team’s struggles, All-Pro running back Corey Dillon had another stellar year, rushing for 1,315 yards.2001 would turn out to be an important year for the team, as players such as Justin Smith, Chad Johnson, and T. J. Houshmandzadeh were drafted, all those players would be important to Cincinnati in later years.

2001 Fiesta Bowl

The 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2001, was the 30th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, between #5 Oregon State and #10 Notre Dame.

In the game, Oregon State quarterback Jonathan Smith threw for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns and led the Beavers to a 41–9 rout. Chad Johnson had two touchdown receptions; future Cincinnati Bengals teammate T. J. Houshmandzadeh caught the other one. The Beavers scored 29 points in an eight-minute stretch of the third quarter to put the game away.Smith was named the offensive player of the game, and Beavers linebacker Darnell Robinson, who recorded two sacks, forced a fumble, and made an interception, was the defensive player of the game.

2003 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2003 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 36th year in professional football and its 34th with the National Football League. The Bengals hired first year head coach Marvin Lewis, replacing Dick LeBeau, who was fired following the 2002 season after the worst season in Bengals history. The Bengals had the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft with which they selected 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer. After a slow start, the Bengals got hot winning at midseason, winning four straight games to stand at 7–5, entering a key Week 14 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to win the division. However in the key showdown for first place the Bengals showed they were not quite ready for primetime as they were beaten 31–13. The Bengals would rebound to win their next game against the San Francisco 49ers, but at 8–6 the Bengals could not get that ninth win, losing their last two games to spoil an effort to earn their first winning season in 13 years, finishing at 8–8.Along with Willie Anderson, Chad Johnson, for the first time in his career, was named to the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

2005 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 38th year in professional football and its 36th with the National Football League.

2005 was the team’s first season with a winning record, playoff berth, and division title since 1990. In the fourteen seasons and 224 games in between (1991–2004), the Bengals’ record was 71–153, a 0.317 winning percentage. It would be the Bengals’ lone playoff appearance in a span of 18 years (1991–2008). QB Carson Palmer got off to a strong start on his way to a solid 3836 yard season with 32 Touchdown passes, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. Receiving many of Palmer’s passes was Chad Johnson, who followed teammate Palmer to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, racking up an impressive 1,432 yards in receiving with nine TDs, many of which were followed by unique celebrations that made him a regular star on the spots highlight shows.

Following a 42–29 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals faced the Steelers again this time in Pittsburgh, where the Bengals offense continued to fly behind Carson Palmer who had three Touchdown passes and 227 yards passing in an impressive 38–31 win that gave the Bengals first place in the AFC North at 9–3. The Bengals would not relinquish first place winning the next two games to clinch the division with two weeks to go. On December 18, with a 41–17 win over the Detroit Lions, the Bengals clinched a playoff spot. After clinching the division the Bengals played cautiously and dropped their final two games to finish with an 11–5 record, beating out the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers, who finished with an identical record, on a tiebreaker situation.

2006 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2006 Cincinnati Bengals season began with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 2005, defending their AFC North Division Championship title, and progress further through the playoffs than they made in the 2005 season having lost to Pittsburgh in the 1st round after losing star quarterback Carson Palmer to injury on the second play of the game.

2007 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2007 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and their 40th overall season. The team attempted to improve upon their 8–8 record in 2006 and were looking to return to the playoffs after narrowly missing them. They failed to do so, finishing with a 7–9 record.

2008 Pro Bowl

The 2008 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2007 season. It was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 10, 2008. The game was televised in the United States by Fox and began shortly after 11:40am local time (4:40pm EST) following Pole Qualyfiling for 2008 Daytona 500. The NFC won, 42–30, despite a 17-point first half AFC lead. NFC running back Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times for 129 yards and was named the game's MVP, winning a Cadillac CTS in recognition of his efforts.

The starting rosters for the game were released on December 18, 2007, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady starting for the AFC and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre for the NFC. However, Brett Favre withdrew due to an ankle injury. Notable Pro Bowl selections included the late Sean Taylor. The Dallas Cowboys had a record thirteen players named to the Pro Bowl roster, while five teams, including all four members of the NFC South, had no players initially named (Jeff Garcia of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was later chosen as a replacement quarterback for Brett Favre.) On February 4, 2008, Brady, Patriots receiver Randy Moss, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Chargers defensive lineman Jamal Williams decided to pull out of the 2008 Pro Bowl. Brady was replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, Moss was replaced by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, Gates was replaced by Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, and Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton.The AFC was coached by Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers staff, while Mike McCarthy and the staff of the Green Bay Packers coached the NFC. Three Washington Redskins players (Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels and Ethan Albright) wore #21 in memory of Taylor, their deceased teammate. The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years. In addition, the NFC played their first defensive play with only ten players on the field, lacking a free safety, in Taylor's honor.

The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share. It also marked the first ever Pro Bowl to be televised by Fox. The 2008 Pro Bowl also marked the fewest players represented by a Super Bowl winning team, with Osi Umenyiora being the lone representative of the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII.

2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

The 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 10, 2008 and concluded with the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 11, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.. Over the course of the season, five teams achieved the nation's #1 ranking, with Boston University finishing the season as the top-ranked team after winning the national championship tournament. This was the 62nd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 114th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

2013–14 Boston Bruins season

The 2013–14 Boston Bruins season was the 90th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 1, 1924.

Bengalized

Bengalized is a term with origins among Cincinnati Bengals football fans and/or players. It usually refers to a Cincinnati Bengals player who, after multiple seasons of poor team performance, develops hostility with the coaching staff or ownership operation, and cultivates pessimism about remaining with the team. This results in efforts by the player to prompt a trade or release from the team. Bengalized can also refer to a Cincinnati Bengals fan who becomes frustrated after years of futility in losing seasons and/or playoff losses, ultimately ending their support of the franchise. As of the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, the Bengals have had 27 seasons without a playoff win - currently the longest streak in the NFL.Bengalized may also refer to a newly acquired Bengals player or draftee who, upon recognition of high talent and ability, becomes injured (or performs poorly) while playing for the Bengals, which essentially ruins a favorable NFL career.

The specific origin of the term is unknown, but may have roots in promising former Bengals quarterback Greg Cook who was a first round selection by the Bengals in the 1969 NFL draft. After posting outstanding numbers in the first three games of the 1969 season, a shoulder injury in his third game from a hit to his throwing arm effectively ended his NFL career.Multiple other Cincinnati Bengals players who may also be known for becoming Bengalized are David Klingler, Akili Smith, Ki-Jana Carter, Carl Pickens, Dan Wilkinson, Chris Perry, Levi Jones, Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, and Carson Palmer.

Celebrity Big Brother (UK series 20)

Celebrity Big Brother 20 was the twentieth series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother, hosted by Emma Willis and narrated by Marcus Bentley. The series launched on 1 August 2017, and concluded on 25 August 2017 after 25 days, making this the shortest series since Celebrity Big Brother 12 in 2013. The series will air on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom and 3e in Ireland. Rylan Clark-Neal will continue to present the spin-off show Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side. It is the thirteenth celebrity series and twentieth series of Big Brother overall to air on Channel 5.

During the launch show on 1 August 2017, Emma confirmed that the winner would receive £50,000 for a charity of their choice. This is the first celebrity series to include a prize fund since Celebrity Big Brother 3 in 2005.On 25 August 2017, Sarah Harding was announced as the winner of the series having received 35.33% of the final vote, with Amelia Lily as the runner-up after receiving 29.92%.

Chad Johnson (actor)

Chad Johnson (born February 12, 1960) is a retired American pornographic film actor who only appeared in gay pornography. In 2002, he was inducted into the GAYVN Hall of Fame

Chad Johnson (disambiguation)

Chad Johnson (born 1978; formerly Chad Ochocinco) is an American football wide receiver.

Chad Johnson may also refer to:

Chad Johnson (ice hockey) (born 1986), Canadian ice hockey goaltender

Chad Johnson (actor), American porn star

Chad Johnson (physicist) (born 1978), American physicist and photographer

Chad S. Johnson (born 1967), American attorney and political activist

Chad Johnson (TV personality), a contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise

Chad Johnson (ice hockey)

Chad Terry Johnson (born June 10, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fifth round, 125th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Chad Johnson (physicist)

Chad Jeremy Johnson (born January 13, 1978) is an American particle physicist and noted photographer. He is best known for his work in the search for a neutral long-lived particle produced in decays of Higgs Boson. His work was primarily at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider in Batavia Illinois, from 2002 to 2008.

Chad Johnson (television personality)

Brian Chad Johnson (born August 11, 1987) is an American reality television personality. He is notable for being a contestant on The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, Famously Single and Celebrity Big Brother UK. He is also a special correspondent for the TV program, Extra. He is currently starring on the second season of MTV's Ex on the Beach.

Evelyn Lozada

Evelyn Alexandra Lozada (born December 10, 1975) is an American television personality, model and spokesperson. Lozada was one of the five main cast members in the VH1 reality series Basketball Wives throughout its run. Lozada is set to return to the cast of the sixth season of the series.

NFL Cheerleader Playoffs

NFL Cheerleader Playoffs is a television show that debuted in 2006 on the NFL Network. The official channel of the National Football League premiered each episode on Saturdays at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The competition was produced by IMG's television production division. Matt Gallant was the host, and Ian Eagle, Chad Johnson, and Carrie Milbank are reporters.

The playoffs were taped between July 17 and July 21, 2006 at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. Two-person teams of cheerleaders from 25 of the NFL's 32 teams participated in a four-event series of competitions.

The first two events test the cheerleaders' athletic abilities in events like the 100-yard dash, kayaking, tandem cycling, and the obstacle course. The third event is a trivia challenge called "Know Your NFL". The final competition is a one-minute dance routine, similar to what they normally perform on NFL sidelines.

There were six first-round episodes, five with four teams and one with five. The top two teams from each show (based on the point system below) advanced to the second round. Three winners moved to the third round, with the top two teams going head-to-head in the final. Each member of the winning team of cheerleaders received $5,000 cash and a Nautilus exercise machine, made by Bowflex.

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