Bengals, NFL recognize Johnson's name change

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals say No. 85 is
officially Ocho Cinco.
The NFL team said Thursday that they will refer to the receiver
formerly known as Chad Johnson by his new legal name, Chad Ocho
Cinco, in all club business. That includes the back of his jersey
for Sunday's season opener at Baltimore.
Johnson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wants to
be called by his new name, but declined to talk about it any
Johnson, a Miami native, used "ocho cinco" in 2006 as part of
the NFL's Hispanic Heritage month. It means "eight five" in
He changed his name last month in Broward County, Fla.

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