By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Make room in the owner’s box, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is ready to take his seat! Yup, we’re talking about the same guy who legally changed his last name to Ochocinco during his NFL career and proposed to a cheerleader as a touchdown stunt before starring in his own version of The Bachelor – Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. But Chad’s much more than just that Ochocinco name – you can’t forget he signed with Boca Raton FC of the National Premier Soccer League, crushed it on Dancing with the Stars, and can be found tweeting about his love for fine cigars and McDonalds, respectively. With a colorful background like that, we’re sure his fellow Team Owners / Fan Captains (Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Prince Royce) will have NO problem coming up with some trash to talk.
The 6x NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and 4x All Pro with over 11,000 receiving yards and 766 receptions makes for the perfect Fan Captain. How do we know? He’s already talking smack. We only asked him to share a couple words about why he’s qualified, and he came back with, “I was one of the first athletes to be active on social media and I’m already streaming on Twitch. This platform was built for guys like me who love football, love gaming and have the type of fans that will kick ass, all the way to the championship– ya hear that, Beastmode and Sherman?”
Shots. Fired. And we love it. We’re just going to wait for a response.
In the meantime, CEO Sohrob Farudi is giving Chad credit where credit is due: “Not gonna lie, with Ochocinco already being an active gamer, he may have a slight advantage over the other Captains, bringing along all of his digital fans on the ride to a championship. Having once been named the ‘most influential athlete on social media,’ Chad knows how to engage with fans and that’s what’s at the heart of this league. We’re building this for the fans.” Sounds like the other Fan Captains are going to have to work to keep up with him!
Now that Chad’s got his team, he’s going to need help from the fans creating a team identity, picking a team mascot, and most importantly: drafting the players. Sure, he’s known for being a bit of a showboat so we expect to see that same kind of attitude show through. But first things first, Chad’s team needs a name! Align yourself with Chad’s team and submit your team name ideas. And yes, the 85ers is definitely on the table.
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