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Bengals put name Ocho Cinco on No. 85 jersey

This not as a reachout towards Hispanic football fans but because a player officially changed his name. From AP-

CINCINNATI — Chad Johnson is no more. It’s officially Chad Ocho Cinco in the NFL.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday that they have begun “the process of listing the former Chad Johnson as Chad Ocho Cinco for all club business, per the legal change of his surname effected in Florida.

“The list of appropriate changes will include Ocho Cinco wearing his new surname on the back of his jersey for Sunday’s season opener at Baltimore.”

Ocho Cinco officially changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, Fla., last week. The league had not changed his name on its Web site or the team’s Web site.

“It’s something I don’t think anyone has ever done before,” the Pro Bowl receiver told the Bengals’ Web site last week. “Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I’m having fun.”

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker in reference to his uniform number 85 — Ocho Cinco means “eight five” in Spanish — and put it on the back of his uniform before a game.

Johnson’s name change works as long as he plays for the Bengals. What happens if he gets traded to or signs with another team and #85 is taken?

Trivia time- What long time Bengal WR wore 85 in the 70′s and 80′s. The answer is below the fold.

Issac Curtis. He played for the Bengals from 1973-1985 and held the franchise record for reception yards till Chad Johnson broke it last year.

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