The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, FL, a switch that became official this week.
''It's something I don't think anyone has ever done before,'' he told the team's Web site. ''Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I'm having fun.''
The question now, however, is whether or not Chad Johnson, or "Mr. Ocho Cinco", is really good enough to change his name or his jersey number. Chad, who will begin this season playing with a torn labrum, is already under plenty of pressure to perform up to superhuman like levels.
With all of the problems that the Bengals are already facing this season, Ocho Cinco is really going to need to step up and have an MVP like year. Even if he wins NFL MVP, does that give Chad credibility for changing his name?
If Chad Javon Ocho Cinco Johnson was the best WR in the league, that would be one thing. If he was the best wide receiver in the entire history of the game, that would be an entirely different explanation for the name change.
Some would even argue that he is not the best receiver on his own team, with T.J. Houshmandzadeh having better stats than Ocho Cinco does.
Even if he was the best ever, these kinds of antics do not bode well for Chad. Players that make millions of dollars to play a game should try and show some humility once in a while. Look at how T.O. fared by being the league's biggest ego and showboat? When was the last time Terrell Owens won a Super Bowl?
On the other hand, look at the trend that Chad can start around the world of professional sports. Michael "Veintitres" Jordan and Wayne "Noventa y Nueve" Gretzky can legally change their names in their respective Halls of Fame.
Jerry "Ochenta" Rice and Derek "Dos" Jeter can change their name right before they get inducted into each of their respective Halls of Fame. Pretty soon, even non-athletes will start choosing numbers in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and any other language to change their names to.
With Chad Johnson's most recent antics, it is sometimes a good thing that not all professional athletes are role models to our nation's youth! Luckily for Bengals' fans, Mr. Ocho Cinco, or whatever his name is, is not the biggest concern in Cincinnati at this point in time!
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