Born on January 9, 1978 in Miami, Florida, Chad Ochocinco is the wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, after playing college football for Oregon State. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl a total of six times, and All-Pro three times. He is also quite well known for his end zone celebrations. He legally changed his last name from Johnson to Ochocinco before the 2008 season kicked off to reflect the two number son his Bengals uniform (85). He is one of the contestants on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Growing up, Ochocinco graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1996. He then attended Langston University in Oklahoma but did not play football. He transferred to Santa Monica College a year later where he became teammates with future Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith. He finally moved to Oregon State in 2000 after being intensely recruited. During his stint at Oregon State, he broke a school record for the longest touchdown reception with a 97-yard reception in a match against Stanford.
Ochocinco was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he saw moderate playing time, catching 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. In 2003, he recorded 1,355 receiving yards, a Bengals franchise record. In 2006, he signed on to extend his contract through 2011. An injury, however, had him sidelined for the first half of the 2006 season, catching only two touchdown passes and 483 yards. He had a breakout game, however, against the San Diego Chambers where he amassed 260 receiving yards and two touch downs. Outside statistics, he was also a fan favorite, finishing first in votes for wide receivers in the 2006 Pro Bowl.