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.