Ochocinco: In the Midst of a Bad Season, His Heart Is Still in the Right Place

Josh McCainSenior Writer INovember 18, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals waves to the Carolina Panthers before the start of their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

In this modern era of sports, it is hard to believe that there are any good, honest athletes anymore.  After all, with the exception of covering the actual game, it seems that all sports reporters do is report on the negative.

Usually, it's about a snide comment a player made, steroids, marital infidelity, inappropriate text messages, or some sort of violence. But despite all the seemingly endless corruption, there are still players that take pride in their integrity.

For an instance, did you know Dahani Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals has a foundation that sells bow-ties to raise money for cancer research (bowtiecause.org)?

I sure didn't.  That is, until the subject of this article tweeted about it.  Chad Ochocinco was just doing his thing on Twitter and tweeted that his followers should check out Jones' Twitter page and his foundation.

Being one who likes to help when I can, I did check it out and I'm going to be ordering myself one of those snazzy bow-ties.

This hasn't been the only way of giving back the Chad has tweeted about either.  In cities the Bengals have visited (as well as their own), Chad has treated fans (many who do not root for his team) to a night in the town.

He's posted his gamer tag for X-Box Live on Twitter and encouraged fans to play Call of Duty: Black Ops with him.  I was tempted to do this, but at the last second I chickened out, in fear that this would be the one time in the game that I would play abysmal.

In hindsight, I actually had quite an awesome night, so I should have send a request to Chad.

However, what he tweeted today pales in comparison.

"If anyone knows of a family or friend that needs (serious) assistance with the upcoming holidays I'm trying to help them on BLACK FRIDAY"

That was only an hour ago, I'm sure he's been flooded with Tweets.

Much like many other good deeds done by pro-athletes today, this probably won't get too much attention by the main stream media. After all, for all that I can tell, Chad helping out a family in need doesn't involve violence.

So, Chad, as one of your many followers and fans on Twitter, I applaud you sir, and wish you luck out there on Black Friday. I worked at Toys R' Us in college, I know what it's like.

You can follow Chad on Twitter (@ochocinco) and if you like you can follow me as well (@jomac006).