Friday, July 29, 2011
Poll Friday: Ochocinco's legacy?
By James Walker
The Cincinnati Bengals made a big trade Thursday, shipping colorful receiver Chad Ochocinco to the New England Patriots. In return, the Bengals got two future draft picks and can officially begin the A.J. Green era in Cincinnati.
But before we look ahead, let's reflect on the Ochocinco era with the Bengals. In our latest "Poll Friday," we ask how will you remember Ochocinco's 10 seasons in Cincinnati?
Will you most remember Ochocinco's productivity? He was one of the NFL's most dynamic receivers for a long stretch with the Bengals and finished with 751 receptions, 10,783 yards and 82 touchdowns. He also was consistent, posting seven 1,000-yard seasons.
Or will Ochocinco be remembered for his antics? The receiver filled reporters' notebooks with zany quotes and predictions that often got under coach Marvin Lewis' skin. Ochocinco also had arguably the league's best touchdown celebrations, which made him a household name.
Finally, does it come down to winning and losing for Ochocinco? The Bengals only had two playoff appearances in Ochocinco's 10 seasons and never won a playoff game. The Lewis-Ochocinco-Carson Palmer era was expected to bring postseason excitement and potentially a title to Cincinnati, but it didn't come close.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Ochocinco's legacy with Cincinnati. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.