Ten things you don’t know about Chad Ochocinco … assembling such a list isn’t easy. After all, the superstar NFL wide receiver is more famous for his off-the-field antics—philandering, domestic abuse, etc.—and short-lived marriage to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada than he his for his athletic accomplishments, impressive though they are. Below are 10 things you didn’t know about Ochocinco, aka Chad Johnson, who’s currently without a team after memorable stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.
He’s No Longer Chad Ochocinco
In July 2013, after signing with the Miami Dolphins—a team that would cut him before he beginning of the season—Ochocinco went to the Broward County courthouse and changed his name back to Chad Johnson. He said he wanted to reconnect with his old self. The moniker swap cost him $401.
He’ll Go to Great Lengths for Love
After Lozada filed for divorce in August 2013, Ochocinco got a tattoo of his estranged wife’s calf on his leg. He was later seen wearing a shirt that read, “I just want to love you.” By September, however, he’d changed his name and agreed to sign the divorce papers.
He Digs the Other Football
Ochocinco supports the European soccer club Real Madrid.
When He Tweets, People Listen
In April 2011, he was named the Most Influential Athlete in Social Media by MSNBC.
He’s Been to Hawaii at Least Six Times
Ochocinco has been picked for the NFL Pro Bowl—the league’s all-star game, held every year in Hawaii—six times.
Dude Breaks Records
In his 10 seasons with the Bengals, Ochocinco set records for most receiving yards in a season, most all-time receiving yards, most receptions, most touchdown receptions, most receiving yards in a game, most seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards and most touchdown catches in a game. He shares that last one with three other players—none of whom changed their last names to grammatically incorrect Spanish.
He likes it ‘Raw’
Ochocinco appeared on a 2010 episode of WWE Raw.
He’s Shared the Screen with Stiffer
In 2012, he had a cameo in the American Pie sequel American Reunion.
He Likes Video Games
According to reports, Ochocinco was playing the video game Call of Duty when he proposed to Lozada.
Video Games—Or Their Creators—Like Him
In addition to appearing on the cover of the game NFL Street 3, Ochocinco developed his own iPhone app, a game called Mad Chad, in 2010.
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