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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307460398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307460394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cincinnati Bengals' Johnson has been one of the most successful and popular receivers in the NFL this decade, and he's not shy about letting anyone know in this brash autobiography. In the first few pages, Johnson—who legally changed his name to Ocho Cinco—says the NFL isn't going to hear what he has to say in his book, and with his pull-no-punches style, he's probably right. Johnson does talk about his tough upbringing in South Florida and living much of his life without his parents, but most of the space is used for opinions on any and all football-related subjects. Among them, Johnson says that his team's owner doesn't know what it takes to win, and relates his admiration of other coaches in the league. But of course, the main topic throughout is Johnson, who boasts that he can't be stopped on the football field, could beat Michael Phelps in a swimming race and would be involved in illegal activities if not for the NFL. Old-school football fans are certain to be turned off by Johnson's self-promotion and braggadocio—in one of the book's chapters he refers to himself as a marketing genius. But much like his extensive touchdown celebrations (which he is all too happy to recap in great detail), the receiver insists it's about having fun, entertaining people. For those fans who enjoy a good mix of style and substance, Johnson provides it in abundance. (Oct.)
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About the Author

In nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, CHAD Ochocinco has emerged as one of the most fascinating, outspoken, and electrifying performers in the NFL.

JASON COLE is a national NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports and covered the Miami Dolphins for fifteen years at the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By soulonice on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I recently decided to read Ocho Cinco: What Football and Life Have Thrown My Way, by Chad Ochocinco. He's always been one of my favorite players in all of football, and since I love to read, this was a good as time as any to kill two birds with one stone.

The first thing about this book is it's pretty honest. He goes into detail about his journey through football, as well as the path he took to where he wanted to go. It certainly wasn't conventional, but it was the way he took, and thanks to some luck, supportive people, and the drive to get to where he wanted to be, he made it, and has thrived in the NFL. He's honest about his issues with the Bengals (past and present), and when it comes to him, he truly wants to win.

The balance that comes from this book is due to having his peers, his coaches, family members, and friends speak for him. He may be talking about his journey to Santa Monica College, and his old position coach would have a section in there where he speaks about him. Another thing I can appreciate about this book is when other people speak about him, they weren't excusing all of his behavior. You're able to see they all have their opinions of him, but they all root it in the fact that he's a good guy. It's not to say he's made the right choices. In the book, he talks about his challenges of being a better father to his kids. Even though he didn't grow up with his, there are no excuses on his part for a lack of a father in his life. He seems to know right from wrong (and honestly, it doesn't have to be looked at as wrong; maybe just not the best decision), but he usually finds a way to make the best decision, even if the road to get there takes longer than some people would like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robinson on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I liked the quote that he had on the front flap behind the front cover of this book, where he said that when you want to live your life outside the box people don't like it. Which explains his NFL career thus far where many of his TD celebrations are unorthodox and "out there", and stuffy old people or conservative fans and media alike can't take it.

Chad reminds me of myself in that he isn't interested in being like everyone else, he wants to be different. Its just too bad we live in a world that demands conformity. Anyway do yourself a favor and read this book you may learn some things about him that you like and some things that you never knew about him.

One of the best things about him is that he tries to stay in his four kids' lives as much as he can. Also one of the more interesting things about him is that deep down inside he is a gentle soul and he isn't afraid to let you know about.

Thank you Chad for a good read, but it would have been nice if you talked more about your outstanding one year at Oregon State.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byron D. Wolfe on January 30, 2010
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Bought this for my wife, who admires the self assured attitude of Chad. Read it myself and actually liked it.
Well written, and explains pretty much how Chad became Chad....

I recommend it
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By Devin Henry on January 17, 2013
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A must read for Bengals fans and any football lovers
Chad explains himself and speaks about his passion for football.
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I bought this as a present. They were really pleased with it and kept telling me all about it. I don't know much about the product myself but they made it sound good.
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