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02/09/2012 09:37 pm ET

Chad Ochocinco Name Change: Patriots Receiver Plans To Go Back To 'Johnson'

We may be reaching the end of an era as TMZ is reporting that Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is planning to change his last name once again.

Per the report, Ochocinco wants to change his name back to 'Johnson' so that his fiancee Evelyn Lozada won't have to take on his self-made last name when the couple ties the knot this summer.

The former Cincinnati Bengal legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ochocinco in August 2008 in honor of his jersey number. "It's something I don't think anyone has ever done before," he said at the time. "Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I'm having fun."

But Ochocinco's persona has evolved since that time. No longer a brash, outspoken media figure who ranked among the league leaders in most receiving categories, Ocho is currently a lightly-used reserve player who caught just 15 passes for the Patriots this season, by far the lowest output of his career.

In addition, Ochocinco also lost his title of having the most outrageous self-imposed name in sports to the Lakers' forward formerly known as Ron Artest. He is now legally known as Metta World Peace. If this is truly the end of the Ochocinco era, we'll miss the memories and we're sad to wish one of the greatest names in sports history a fond adios.

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