ochocinco getty Chad Ochocinco will change name back to Chad Johnson

Assuming he even has a job in the NFL next season, Chad Ochocinco will have a new name on his jersey. The New England Patriots wide receiver is changing his last name back to Johnson.

The footballer made the pronouncement on his Twitter page on Wednesday (Feb. 8) saying, “I’ll be Johnson on July 4th.”

Chad’s road to his last name has been a problem-filled effort. First of all he selected “Ochocinco” as a Spanish translation of his uniform number 85. But really what this says is simply “eight five.”

He also ran into problems with the NFL in 2008. Because thousands of jerseys with the name “Johnson” had already been made, the league told him he’d be on the hook for millions of dollars if he demanded an immediate update for his uniform. So instead he waited a full year.

It is believed that Ochocinco is changing his name back in advance of his July wedding to Evelyn Lozada.

Posted by:David Eckstein