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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Chad Ochocinco changing name again

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Chad Ochocinco says he's changing his name again. This time, he's going back to Chad Johnson.

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Ochocinco, appearing on ESPN's "NFL Live" on Tuesday, called the name change fun, but said it's time for a change.

"I don't have a choice right now," Ochocinco told ESPN's Trey Wingo. "I've done enough with the Ocho thing."

He said that the change isn't done yet, but it will be.

The Cincinnati Bengals wideout originally changed his legal surname from Johnson to Ochocinco before the 2008 season in order to wear his nickname on his jersey.

Johnson originally gave himself the Ocho moniker in 2006 as an allusion to his No. 85.

Before a regular-season game against the New York Jets in January 2010, Ochocinco said he would change his name back to Johnson if Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis shut him down. Ochocinco, who tweaked his knee in pregame warm-ups, was held to zero catches for zero yards in the game. When the teams met again a week later in the playoffs, Ochocinco had just two catches for 28 yards.

He kept his name, but later said his comments were made in fun and he was never serious about a name change.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.