Ben­gals' WR Chad John­son now Ocho Cinco

The Covington News - - Sports -

CINCIN­NATI — Call him Ocho Cinco on the field, too.

The Na­tional Foot­ball League de­cided on Thurs­day to rec­og­nize re­ceiver Chad John­son's le­gal name change to Chad Ocho Cinco. The new name will be on the back of his Cincin­nati Ben­gals uni­form for the sea­son opener in Bal­ti­more on Sun­day.

The re­ceiver had his name changed in his home state of Florida last week. It's a ref­er­ence to his uni­form num­ber — Ocho Cinco means "eight five" in Span­ish. When the NFL cel­e­brated His­panic Her­itage month in 2006, he wore it on the back of his uni­form for pregame warmups, but had to re­move it for the game be­cause of NFL rules — it wasn't his real name.

The Pro Bowl re­ceiver asked the me­dia to start call­ing him by his new name this week. The Ben­gals couldn't change the name on his uni­form un­til the NFL gave per­mis­sion.

In an e-mail to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day, league spokesman Greg Aiello said sim­ply: "It's his le­gal sur­name."

The re­ceiver has de­clined to talk about the mo­ti­va­tion for his at­ten­tion-get­ting change. Coach Marvin Lewis said the re­ceiver had been con­sid­er­ing it since last March.

The change to Ocho Cinco is the re­ceiver's lat­est pro­mo­tional move. He's also known for his touch­down cel­e­bra­tions, his golden Mo­hawk for one sea­son, his race against a horse and his list of de­fen­sive backs who failed to cover him.

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