|Birth Date||January 9, 1978|
|Known For||NFL wide receiver|
|Highest Score||27 (Waltz)|
|Lowest Score||16 (Foxtrot)|
Early life and college careerEdit
Johnson was born in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1997, Johnson attended Langston University but did not play football. In 1997 he transferred to Santa Monica College, a community college in Santa Monica, California. 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. 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. He also broke a school record for the longest touchdown reception with a 97-yard reception in a game against Stanford University.
Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2010)Edit
The Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League chose Johnson in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft with the 36th overall pick.
New England Patriots (2011)Edit
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. Those picks were later used on wide receivers Marvin Jones (2012 pick) and Cobi Hamilton (2013 pick).
Johnson had what was statistically the least productive season of his career, catching 15 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown. He was inactive for the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens after reportedly attending his father's funeral. Johnson played in his first Super Bowl, catching 1 pass for 21 yards. The Patriots lost to the New York Giants 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.
On June 7, 2012, Johnson was released from the Patriots.
Miami Dolphins (2012)Edit
Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins on June 11, 2012.
On July 24, Johnson legally changed his last name from Ochocinco back to Johnson.
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.
Montreal Alouettes (2014–2015)Edit
Johnson signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on April 17, 2014. 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. In four of the games, Johnson accumulated seven receptions for 151 yards and scored one touchdown. Johnson did not report for mandatory training camp in the spring of 2015, and was subsequently suspended by the Alouettes. He spent the entire 2015 CFL season on team suspension. Following the season, Johnson was not offered a new contract by the Alouettes and became a free agent on February 9, 2016.
Monterrey Fundidores (2017)Edit
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. He scored on a 41-yard touchdown reception to help Monterrey win his first game with the team.
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. 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.
Outside the NFLEdit
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.
Dancing with the StarsEdit
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. The season premiere was on Monday, March 22, 2010. 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.
Johnson had his own segment on Sports Soup titled "Child, Please".
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. 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.
The Ultimate CatchEdit
Johnson was featured on his own reality television dating show called Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch on VH1. Aspiring singer-songwriter Rubi Pazmino won the show. Fellow NFL wide receivers Terrell Owens and Bernard Berrian were occasionally featured on the show, advising Johnson throughout the process.
Ochocinco was featured as the guest host of WWE Raw on September 13, 2010.
Major League SoccerEdit
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 star soccer player in his youth and has stated he is an avid fan of the sport. His trial began on March 23, 2011. On March 25, he was asked to play in a reserve game. On March 29, he was not offered a contract by the team but was offered the chance to train with the reserve side to stay in shape.
Professional Bull Riders eventEdit
In May, Ochocinco announced via his Twitter account that he would attempt to participate in a PBR event in Duluth, Georgia. He rode the bull Deja Blue, which weighs 1,500 pounds, and lasted 1.5 seconds during the intermission of May 14, 2011’s Professional Bull Riders event.
In June 2011, Ochocinco filmed a cameo role as himself for the 2012 film American Reunion. Ochocinco also appeared as a former captain of the BMS Goats on the Season 3 premiere of the television show Blue Mountain State and as himself on the Season 2 premiere of the television show The League. He was also featured in the hit series The Game as himself.
Ochocinco was featured in a national pistachio commercial in winter 2010 and spring 2011.
He was featured in the R&B singer Monica's video "Everything to Me".
He appears on the cover of EA's 2006 video game NFL Street 3. He is the main adversary in the game, and narrates the tutorials with Clinton Portis and Byron Leftwich.
Ochocinco appeared naked, outside of a strategically placed football, in PETA's "Ink Not Mink" ad campaign, which encourages people to choose tattoos over wearing animal fur.
Johnson has six children.
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.
Johnson has interests in sports outside of football. In June 2007, he footraced against a Thoroughbred racehorse over a furlong (220 yards / 200 meters) for charity; Johnson, given a 110-yard (100 m) head start, beat the horse by twelve lengths. He is a Real Madrid supporter, and a fan of the Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara. Johnson constantly shows his support for both teams on his official Twitter account. In March 2015, Johnson garnered attention as he was involved in a tweeting exchange with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL regarding the acquisition of Chad Johnson, the goaltender of the same name. In February 2016, Johnson endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.
On October 25, 2006, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Johnson, whose jersey number was "85", announced that he would prefer to be called "Ocho Cinco," which is "eight five" in Spanish ("Eighty-five" would be "ochenta y cinco"). During warm-ups for the October 29, 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, the back of his jersey read "Ocho Cinco" instead of "C. Johnson". Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped the label off the jersey to reveal the usual "C. Johnson". According to ESPN, Johnson was fined $5,000 for the stunt despite the fact that he did not wear the "Ocho Cinco" name tag during the game.
Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ochocinco on August 29, 2008. The Cincinnati Bengals decided to allow him to have it on the back of his jersey, though Ochocinco continued to wear his old "C. Johnson" jersey during the 2008 football season, because of contractual obligations with Reebok. He played with "Ochocinco" on the back of his jersey from the 2009 season to the 2011 season. He wanted it to read "Ocho Cinco" but the NFL will only allow his legal name as spelled on his name change paperwork.
Ochocinco announced on his live USTREAM broadcast in 2009 that he would be legally changing his last name to “Hachi Go” in 2010. He also held up a Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey with the last name "Hachi Go" on the back. Just as the words Ocho Cinco translate to 8 and 5 in Spanish, the words Hachi Go (八五) translate to 8 and 5 in Japanese. However, he did not go through with the name change.
On January 25, 2011, Ochocinco told an ESPN reporter that he would be changing his last name back to Johnson. However, on June 30, 2011, Ochocinco told an ESPN reporter that because of financial issues, he would keep his name as Chad Ochocinco and not go back to Johnson.
On July 23, 2012, after Ochocinco's move to the Miami Dolphins, he legally changed his name back to Chad Johnson at a Broward County courthouse because he "wanted to reconnect with his former self".
Marriage, arrest, divorce, and incarcerationEdit
On November 16, 2010, Ochocinco proposed to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, whom he had been dating since earlier in the year.
Johnson and Lozada married on July 4, 2012. The day before the wedding, a fan reached out to Johnson on Twitter for prayers after losing her husband the previous month. Johnson, in return, invited her on an all-expenses-paid trip to the wedding.
On August 11, 2012, Johnson was arrested on a charge of domestic battery according to the Davie, Florida police. Johnson allegedly headbutted Lozada following an argument. Johnson was released the following afternoon on $2,500 bond. Later that day, he was released by the Miami Dolphins.
On August 14, 2012, Lozada filed for divorce claiming that her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” The divorce was finalized on September 19, 2012.
On September 21, 2012, Johnson entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors and Lozada. Johnson received a year of probation.
On May 7, 2013, a warrant was issued for Johnson's arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Johnson failed to meet with probation specialists on February 15 and March 15, and failed to show proof of enrollment and completion of a batterers intervention program. On May 20, Johnson turned himself in and was released later in the day after posting a $1,000 bond.
On June 10, 2013, Johnson was sentenced to thirty days in jail for violating his probation.
Although a plea deal that called for no jail time was reached, Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his male attorney on the buttocks in court. The judge said that Johnson was not taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. In addition to the jail sentence, his probation was extended for three months through December, and he was required to perform twenty-five hours of community service and to undergo two counseling sessions per week. On June 17, Johnson was released from jail after apologizing to the court.
Dancing with the Stars 10Edit
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha/"It's Just Begun"||6||6||6||No Elimination|
|3||Paso Doble/"Cancion Del Mariachi"||7||6||7||Safe|
|4||Rumba/"Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart"||7||6||8||Technique Score|
|5||Quickstep/"The Bare Necessities"||6||6||6||Safe|
|6||Argentine Tango/"El Sonido De La Milonga" |
Swing Marathon/"In The Mood"
|8||60s' Jive/"Love Man||8||8||8||Last To Be Called Safe|
|9 semi-final||Waltz/"If You Don't Know Me By Now"||9||9||9||--|
- His cousin Keyshawn Johnson was the first star eliminated in Season 17, finishing in twelfth place.
- His former Bengals teammate Terrell Owens is competing on Season 25 and is also partnered with Cheryl Burke.