PARTNER: Cheryl Burke
PROFESSION: NFL Wide Receiver
BACKGROUND: Here's a man who's got the moves on the football field. He has speed. He has agility. But how's his samba?
With a name that would be a task and a half as a Wheel of Fortune puzzle, Chad Ochocinco is one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. Completing his ninth season with the Cincinnati Bengals, he holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards of all time, the most receptions, the most receiving yards in a game, the most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and the most touchdowns in a game.
Chad is a six-time Pro-Bowler and named All-Pro three times. He made headlines in 2008 when he legally changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco to match his jersey number “85.”
Ochocinco's popularity can best be seen by his use of social media sites like Twitter and Ustream. Alternatively, Rock Software has produced an iPhone Application that gives users the ultimate “Ocho Cinco Experience.”
Whether it is teaming up with corporations to give away hundreds of seats to a Bengals game or racing a thoroughbred for charity, he understands the importance of giving back and staying grounded to his roots. On a more global scale, Chad has partnered with Feed The Children to raise awareness for the worldwide epidemic of hunger and poverty facing children around the world.
We’ve seen him do his touchdown dances in the end zone. Now Chad must strut his stuff on the dance floor. Will he score as many points with the judges as he does in the NFL? We’ll see because it’s game on!
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