Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson will be joining Florida A&M University‘s Athletics Department.
On Wednesday, FAMU announced the former NFL player’s hire as an athletics ambassador and consultant.
“Anyone familiar with Chad knows that he has always been a great ambassador for FAMU,” FAMU vice president and director of athletics Tiffani-Dawn Sykes said in a released statement. “It’s time to make it official. I am happy that we could reach an agreement to formalize his role with the university.”
Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL, finishing his career in the league with 766 receptions for 11,059 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns.
The athlete has been an avid supporter of the FAMU Rattlers for some time, often publicly showing his support on social media. He has also stopped in football practices, as he visited the team before the 2021 Orange Boom Classic in his hometown, and was present during the 2022 Orange Blossom Classic.
“I fell in love with FAMU after attending my first (Florida) Classic in 1984 with my grandma, and the rest is history,” Johnson said in a statement.
Since the announcement of his new position, Johnson has posted a series of tweets expressing his gratitude.
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