Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) kicks the extra point after a touchdown by teammate Chris Henry in the second quarter of their preseason NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday Aug. 20, 2009. Holding is punter Kevin Huber. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Chad Ochocinco is campaigning for AFC coaches to allow his doppelganger “Esteban” on the field at the Pro Bowl this weekend in Miami. Esteban Ochocinco is the name the Cincinnati wide receiver has given his alter ego when he takes the field as a kicker.
According to the Associated Press, Ochocinco has been attempting field goals, punts and kickoffs during Pro Bowl practice in an effort to convince coaches that his talents can extend beyond receiving during the game on Sunday.
"Yesterday was punting, today was kickoffs, tomorrow will be field goals," Ochocinco said of his practice schedule.
This wouldn’t be the first time the six-time Pro Bowler displayed his kicking prowess on the gridiron. Ochocinco wowed fans back in August when he booted the winning extra point in a preseason game against the New England Patriots after Cincinnati kicker Shayne Graham bowed out due to a groin injury. Later he strutted out on the field to handle the kickoff for the second half.
After the incident, Ochocinco dubbed himself "Esteban Ochocinco, the most interesting footballer in the world," noting that “soccer is my number one sport.”
The Miami native’s ego will have to vie for the spotlight with other AFC special team Pro-Bowlers, including the Dolphin’s Dan Carpenter, who replaced San Diego Charger place kicker Nate Kaeding today due to an injury.
Still, Ochocinco says he isn’t trying to hog all the attention.
"If they're going to let me do it, I'm going to do it early in the game before they get serious and they start to play for real," he said.