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Chad Ochocinco Legally Changes Name Again

Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has changed his name again. The six time pro bowler has officially decided to change his name back to Chad Johnson.

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“I don’t have a choice right now,” said Johnson on ESPN’S “NFL Live.” “I’ve done enough with the Ocho thing.”

Johnson made the change prior to the 2008 season with the Bengals. The change came about because the NFL wouldn’t let Johnson put his nick name on the back of his jersey. Johnson then legally changed his last name to Ochocinco to beat the system.

Johnson isn’t the first player in sports to change his name. Athletes in many sports have changed their name. Some noteworthy name changes include Tiger Woods, Chipper Jones, Bo Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and most famously, Muhammad Ali.

In this writer’s opinion, Johnson’s “Ochocinco” isn’t even the best name change in the NFL. Prior to the 2008 season as well, Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Defensive End Greg White changed his name legally. White, apparently a fan of Teen Wolf, changed his name to Stylez G White.

White picked his new name with help from the 1985 cult classic Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox. “Stiles” was the friend of Michael J. Fox’s character, Scott Howard.

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“I always liked that name” said Greg White in a Bucs Report back in 2008. “It’s not that I don’t like Greg White.”

Continue to look for Stylez G White on the sideline for Tampa Bay, but don’t expect Ochocinco much longer. The name change is not official yet, but the name change process has begun.

Check out a classic clip from Teen Wolf below, and see why Stylez G White picked the name he did.

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