Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
By Nate Davis, USA TODAY
Now that Chad Johnson has his name back, will his game also return?
The wideout known as Chad Ochocinco for the past four seasons reclaimed his given name in a Fort Lauderdale courthouse Monday.
The return of Johnson's surname closely follows his marriage to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada on July 4.
And with so much change in 34-year-old Johnson's life - he was cut by the New England Patriots and signed by the Miami Dolphins last month - we're left to wonder if his production will also spike now that he's "himself" again.
Chad by the numbers (season averages):
•As Chad Johnson (7 seasons): 80 rec., 1,195 yards, 7 TDs
•As Chad Ochocinco (4 seasons): 52 rec., 674 yards, 5 TDs
Of course, it stands to reason that NFL production stands to be better when you're on the younger side of age 30.