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Chad Ochocinco Legally Changes Name Back To Chad Johnson

Chad Ochocinco appeared in court on Monday to legally change his name back to Chad Johnson. Why is the receiver suddenly changing his name back?

June 19, 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) during mini camp practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
June 19, 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) during mini camp practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Since 2008, fans have had to call him Chad Ochocinco. Now that he is with the Miami Dolphins, folks will again call him by his actual name, Chad Johnson. The former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots wide receiver went to court on Monday to legally change his name back, according to NFL.com writer Jeff Darlington.

People have been used to Johnson's antics, but it looks as if he's trying to take things a bit more seriously given that he is getting closer to the end of career. Add to the fact that he was recently married, he's probably trying to take things a bit more seriously.

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