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August 13, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
According to Pro Football Talk, Chad Johnson has begun to take the steps to legally change his name. This is not the first time a professional athlete has changed his name (Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, Lou Alcindor to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Jackson to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, etc.), but Chad Johnson is not converting to Islam. He is changing his name to Ocho Cinco.
If you don't remember, Chad wore the name "Ocho Cinco" on the back of his jersey for one game in 2006.
As a result he was fined $5,000. Instead of deciding that it was a fun, one-time goof and moving on, Chad apparently wants to always have that on the back of his jersey. If he legally changes his name, there is not much the NFL can do to stop him from wearing it. After all his off-season shenanigans, it seemed as if Chad Johnson was insane, but this is a whole new level of crazy. Not even Michael Irvin tried to change his name to "The Playmaker," nor did Deion Sanders legally call himself "Prime Time."
If Chad ever gets married, you think his wife will take his name? "And now introducing, Mr. and Mrs. Ocho Cinco!"
(H/T: Shutdown Corner)