Ochocinco, appearing on ESPN's "NFL Live" on Tuesday, called the name change fun, but said it's time for a change.
"I don't have a choice right now," Ochocinco told ESPN's Trey Wingo. "I've done enough with the Ocho thing."
Johnson originally gave himself the Ocho moniker in 2006 as an allusion to his No. 85.
Before a regular-season game against the New York Jets in January 2010, Ochocinco said he would change his name back to Johnson if Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis shut him down. Ochocinco, who tweaked his knee in pregame warm-ups, was held to zero catches for zero yards in the game. When the teams met again a week later in the playoffs, Ochocinco had just two catches for 28 yards.
He kept his name, but later said his comments were made in fun and he was never serious about a name change.
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