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Missing Chad Ochocinco

When he quietly accepted a diminished role with the Patriots, the NFL lost something

Updated: February 3, 2012, 2:38 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

He's not Ochocinco anymore. He's become the Artist Formerly Known as Chad Ochocinco -- a ghost, a cipher, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who seemed so pounded down Tuesday by having to answer waves of questions at Super Bowl XLVI media day about how irrelevant he's become to the New England Patriots that someone finally asked him, "Are you sad?" One of the few times he showed any spark at all was when it was pointed out he didn't get a podium like the Patriots' bigger stars.

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