Former NFL All-Pro receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson will serve as an ambassador and consultant for Florida A&M.
The school announced his appointment Wednesday night.
“Anyone familiar with Chad knows that he has always been a great ambassador for FAMU,” athletic director Tiffani-Dawn Sykes said in a news release. “It’s time to make it official. I am happy that we could reach an agreement to formalize his role with the University.”
Johnson, 45, will take part in special projects as identified by Sykes.
Raised in Miami, Johnson didn’t attend the school but is a longtime fan of the program. He played in community college and then one season at Oregon State.
“I fell in love with FAMU after attending my first Classic in 1984 with my grandma, and the rest is history,” Johnson stated.
Johnson was a second-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2001 and had seven 1,000-yard seasons in Cincinnati before spending his final NFL season with the New England Patriots in 2001.
He finished his career with 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. He remains the Bengals’ franchise leader in many statistical categories, including career receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783) and receiving touchdowns (66).
More recently, Johnson was an analyst for Fox Sports during the 2022 World Cup.