Editor’s Note: This article is from September, 2008
When Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco to reflect the 85 on the back of his jersey, he didn’t figure that he would instantly be making thousands of enemies nationwide.
Aaron Carlson, Spanish teacher from Kearney, Nebraska explains: “Chad’s little prank is making it difficult for us to effectively teach numbers. Students think that we are teaching them wrong because this clown can’t use a dictionary.”
Why is Carlson, and many other Spanish teachers so upset? “Ocho cinco” actually means “eight-five”, while “ochenta y cinco” would be the correct formations of 85 in Spanish.
“I really don’t care, you cant stop me either way,” related Ocho Cinco. “Maybe next year I’ll go with Acht Fünf. That’s some German right there.”
Due to a torn labrum it is uncertain when Ocho Cinco will be sporting the new jersey on the field. Ocho Cinco has said he hopes to play this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.
Any time will be too soon for Mr. Carlson. “I can only hope he’s out for at least 4 weeks. We’ll be done with 2-digit numbers by then.”
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