Chad Johnson, known from 2008 to 2012 as Chad Ochocinco, is a former American football wide receiver and current professional soccer player for Boca Raton FC. He played college football for Santa Monica College and Oregon State University, and played eleven seasons in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins. Take a look below for 33 more interesting and fun facts about Chad Ochocinco.
1. Johnson was born in Miami, Florida.
2. After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1997, Johnson attended Langston University but did not play football.
3. In 1997, he transferred to Santa Monica College, a community college in Santa Monica, California.
4. While at Santa Monica College, he played with future NFL wide receiver Steve Smith.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. He also broke a school record for the longest touchdown reception with a 97-yard reception in a game against Stanford University.
8. The Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League chose Johnson in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft with the 36th overall pick.
9. 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.
10. He was inactive for the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens after reportedly attending his father’s funeral.
11. 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.
12. Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins on June 11, 2012.
13. On July 24, Johnson legally changed his last name from Ochocinco back to Johnson.
14. On August 12, the Dolphins released Johnson following his arrest the previous night. 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.
15. Johnson signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on April 17, 2014.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. In July 2016, Jackson agreed to have Johnson work as a guest instructor for the Browns. Jackson admitted that Johnson wants to “try his hand” at coaching.
20. An iPhone game called Mad Chad was designed by both Johnson and RockLive and released on November 18, 2010. It was featured on iTunes and was a popular downloaded app in 2010.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Johnson had his own segment on “Sports Soup” titled “Child, Please.”
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. Johnson was featured on his own reality television dating show called “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” on VH1.
27. Ochocinco was featured as the guest host of “WWE Raw” on September 13, 2010.
28. 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 soccer player in his youth and has stated he is an avid fan of the sport.
29. In June 2011, Ochocinco filmed a cameo role as himself for the 2012 film “American Reunion.”
30. Ochocinco was featured in a national pistachio commercial in winter 2010 and spring 2011.
31. Johnson has eight children. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.