Thoughts on Ochocinco's soccer tryout

March, 16, 2011
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You have to give the AFC North division credit for having multi-talented athletes.

While Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is boxing professionally again and already has one knockout this offseason, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is taking up professional soccer. He will get a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS.

Although this might come off as a publicity stunt -- and to some degree it is -- Ochocinco has always had a love and appreciation for soccer. He talks about it all the time on Twitter and occasionally in the locker room during football season. I've also seen videos where Ochocinco has some nifty soccer moves.

Whether Ochocinco is good enough to play soccer at the pro level remains to be seen. Sporting Kansas City said they will evaluate where Ochocinco stands after a four-day trial.

With the NFL experiencing a lockout, players like Zbikowski and Ochocinco are free to participate in any activities they wish until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Both players have key roles for their respective AFC North teams. So the Ravens and Bengals will keep their fingers crossed that no injuries occur.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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