Chad Johnson is a former National Football League wide receiver. The Miami native and Oregon State product was selected in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and played 10 seasons there before his last one in 2011 with the New England Patriots. Johnson’s illustrious NFL career featured 6 Pro Bowls and 2x First-team All Pro honors. Johnson briefly yet famously changed his name to Chad Ochocinco in honor of Hispanic heritage month in 2006. In 2011, CNBC listed Johnson as #1 on their list of “Most Influential Athletes on Social Media,” and after retiring from the NFL, Johnson’s charisma and unique ability to engage the public has kept him in the spotlight. Johnson is a brand ambassador for EA and streams himself gaming on Twitch. He’s a renowned FIFA player, and a massive soccer fan in general. In fact, in 2019 Johnson had a semi-professional stint on the soccer field, and that’s not the only new sport he’s tried recently. In 2021 Johnson ventured into the boxing ring, making his debut in a four-round exhibition match. Since the final years of his NFL career, Johnson has also dabbled in acting and television, including a 2010 appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Johnson even has his own app, “Mad Chad,” an iPhone game designed for children.
An exceptional athlete, Johnson has remained an exciting, entertaining and popular figure in his life after football.