Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals, will finally wear his new name for the 2009 season

At last, Chad Javon Ochocinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, is finally allowed by the NFL to wear his jersey with his name “Ochocinco” behind it, for the 2009 season.

As we can recall, this Bengal’s wide receiver legally changed his last name from Johnson to “Ocho Cinco” (which means “8-5” in Spanish, although the proper way of saying 85-being his jersey number is “ochenta y cinco”) last August 29, 2008. But due to some paperwork technicality, it ended up to a single word “Ochocinco.”

After changing his surname, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to allow him to use his new name on his jersey, although the NFL disallowed it. Since Chad needs to pay first for the large amount of inventory that the Reebok already stocked-having his jersey for the coming season produced with his old name. However, Chad declined and it ended up that he still wore his jersey with the name “C. Johnson” on it for the rest of the 2008 season.

And now, for the coming 2009 season, the NFL finally agreed and permitted Chad to wear his new last name. Although Chad wanted it to be a two-word name “Ocho Cinco”, the league only allowed Ochocinco, since this is what is legally registered to be his surname.

In the end, whatever name this wide receiver might be wearing, it doesn’t change the Chad Johnson or Chad Ochocinco that we have always known. He will still be one of the Bengals’ greatest wide receivers in the history of NFL.

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