But after 16 regular season games and two playoff games, Ochocinco hasn't made an impact. At all, really. He has 15 catches on the season and often sees just a handful of plays during the game. He's not a major factor.
So it has to be strange for him, the guy who used to cover Super Bowl media day with his OCNN crew, to take a backseat in all of this. NFL Network's Deion Sanders talked with Ochocinco at media day and asked him about his new role this season.
If it was tough on me, emotionally draining, I think I would have spoke out as I did in the past. I took this as a challenge, as a lesson. I think it was a test from you-know-who upstairs. Will he be able to handle himself the right way in different circumstances when he's not that guy, the main focal point? I think I did extremely well regardless of what everyone might say.
And a few other reactions and quotes from the media on Ochocinco at media day:
@greggrosenthal: Chad ochocinco seems miserable, waiting for this to be over.
@PFWErik: "I never said I was elite. You guys put that label on me. I just like to have fun, talk $#!+, and celebrate." ~ Chad Ochocinco at Media Day
@ESPNBoston: Ochocinco: "It still hasn't hit me yet. I see lots of people, cameras. But it hasn't hit me."