Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, changed his name back to his birth name last week prior to his wedding on Wednesday July 4th, 2012. Chad, who is best known for his touchdown dances and NFL antics, married his longtime girlfriend Evelyn Lozada on Independence Day. They have been dating since early 2010 and Chad officially proposed on November 16th of that same year. To no surprise, Lozada accepted his proposal and his 10-carat diamond engagement ring. It was for this reason that Chad announced on February 9th of this year that he would be going back to his original name, Chad Johnson, that way Evelyn would not have to take Ochocinco as her last name.
But this is when things got interesting. Chad has always been known for his antics in the NFL and as such, has received plenty of fines. Also, due to all that he has done, many fans seem to hate Chad, and for lack of a better word, “chirp” him on his abilities. And yet, time and time again, Chad proves that he loves everyone – his fans, and his haters. He certainly showed this last week.
On July 3rd, a woman by the name of Cheryl Minton tweeted at Chad, “I’m feeling pretty low today. Lost my hubby 2 weeks ago. Together 30 years. Very hard.” Unlike most athletes who would ignore this comment, Chad decided to respond with a simple question, “You have a passport?” Cheryl responded with a quick “Yes, I do.” After a brief, but important, conversation Cheryl found herself as a guest to Chad’s wedding the next day. And the best part of it all, Chad mentioned to Cheryl that it was an all-expenses paid trip, paid in full by the man himself, Chad Javon Johnson.
Wow. Let alone the amazement of actually being invited, Chad, despite not knowing this woman at all prior to July 3rd, paid for her trip in full, in order for her to have a day where she could enjoy herself after what had transpired to her husband the month before. Chad, even after all that he’s been through in the NFL, has changed someone’s life forever, and it’s for the better. Instead of simply ignoring the tweet, as just about every other professional athlete and Hollywood star would do, Chad instead invited the woman to one of the most important gatherings in his entire life. I’m sure that Cheryl is eternally grateful for the love and care that Chad has shown her.
Now before you go out and make fun of the year that Chad had last season or “chirp” him for the antics he has pulled off over the course of his career, just remember this story and how much of a caring, kind gentleman Chad Javon Johnson really is, deep, deep down inside.
… and that is the last word.
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