Goodbye Chad Ochocinco, Welcome Back Chad Johnson!

It seems that the Ochocinco show has come to an end.  The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that the Miami Dolphins exuberant wide out has been working towards reverting to his old self since getting married on July 4th, and is now, once again, legally named Chad Johnson.

Switching back to his given name is just one of the things that Johnson alluded to when he signed with the Miami Dolphins.  The aging speedster promised to “get back to the old me” and he has so far delivered.  From what he has been showing on the practice field, this may just be the first step in the reinvention of a former Pro Bowl talent.

Jonson truly appears to be the happiest he has in years, and all of the signs point to him having a stellar season with the Dolphins.  There is no doubt the eyes of the world will be on him, waiting to see if he can be the player that once made NFL defenses look silly on a regular basis.

Questions at the Dolphins quarterback position may be the biggest impact on Johnson’s ability to return to the rank of an elite wideout, but regardless of who is throwing the ball, Johnson promises to make the most out of his opportunity.

Chad Ochocinco has been Johnson’s legal surname since August 2008, when he was the deep threat for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The name change came about as part of his flamboyant on field celebrations, and referenced his jersey number, 85.

For those of you afraid that Chad has lost his sense of humor, forget it.  In a reply to the Sun Sentinal’s Omar Kelly, Johnson had this to say about what to call him now:

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As you can see, all is well within Chad’s world.  Let’s see if he can make it all well for the Dolphin Nation.

Jeff Everette is a featured columnist for, covering the NFL and NBA.  You can follow him on twitter @jeverettesports, or subscribe to Jeff on both Facebook and Google+ for all of his latest articles, opinions, and rants.

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