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Chad Ochocinco was once one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. When we see what he has become, we have to wonder if his engagement to ‘Basketball Wives’ reality star Evelyn Lozada, and his subsequent name change is all a part of the Ochocinco sideshow.

If you’re not a football fan, Chad is a 6-time Pro Bowler and 3-time All-Pro. Now, after an uneventful season with the New England Patriots, Ochocinco is reduced to changing his name again to get himself attention.

Chad Ochocinco, 34, announced on Twitter that he will change his last name back to Chad Johnson on July 4. At this point, does anyone really care?

This season, Ochocinco (who is a receiver) played in 15 games with the Patriots, caught just 15 passes, and one touchdown. Nine of those passes he caught was in the team’s first 5 games, so you should have an idea of just how unimportant he was to the New England Patriots run to Super Bowl XLVI.

Some sports analysts say he will likely be released soon, because there is almost no way the Patriots will be willing to pay him the $3.1 million he is due for 2012. At this point, it would be shocking if anyone offered him anything more than a league-minimum contract for next year.

He changed his name in 2008 while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. It was his attempt to poke fun at the NFL, while branding himself as a star wide receiver that could simply be known by his jersey number 85 in Spanish.

(((by the way, 85 translates to ochenta y cinco in Español)))

Chad Ochocinco has always been a fan favorite because he was willing to entertain as well as play football. At this point, he is reduced to name changes and his antics on Twitter to get attention from people.

It’s sad seeing someone, who was once a great receiver, reduced to ‘attention-getting’ tactics.