Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson made almost $50 million in his NFL career, and there’s a reasonable chance he had a big shot at that when he hung up his cleats.
Former Cincinnati Bengal said he regularly bought fake jewelry and flew commercially to save money while in the NFL.
“Fly private? I ain’t flying private,” he said on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast. “Put me on Spirit. Exit row. Window seat. That’s all I need. As long as I get from point A to point B. I don’t need private.”
Ochocinco was widely considered to be one of the best receivers in the game while playing. Its superb game combined with its antics makes it a well-known name.
Which is why he never made too many purchases.
“If you can get to a point in your career where your name becomes bigger than anything you can purchase, there’s your value,” Johnson said.
“I never bought real anything when I was playing. Never. What was the point? I went to Claire’s. For what? What am I doing it for? The women are going to deal with you anyway because of who you are. And then the other women, who are really doing their homework done Googled how much you making already. Why am I buying a $50,000 watch, $80,000 watch?
“Everybody is caught up in image and looking a certain way and being rich. It’s me. It’s pointless,” he added. “You know how hard it’s to live like that all the time, consistently, and be fly every day?”
He estimates he saved 83% of his earnings with his thrifty spending.
Speaking of his appearance on the ‘Club Shay Shay’ podcast, Johnson revealed he was the Nick Cannon and Future before them as someone with multiple kids/baby mamas.
“People feel to realize How was Nick Cannon before Nick Cannon. I was Future before Future. Sometimes I don’t get upset, but I’m like, why don’t you never lump me in? I’m so active with mine; you see me with mine all the time. When we go somewhere, we all go as one little army. So, I’m never lumped into that category, but as I understand, there’s a reason there’s a method behind what Nick is doing, right? We don’t know what it is right he has yet to express what it is, but he’s doing it for a reason. My reason was that when I was younger, I wanted athletic children, right? “Shared Johnson.
“So, therefore, I dated those who had an athletic background. So, you were a little you were such a lot of people look go for Aesthetics; oh Chad Johnson says I won’t if I have listen boys or girls I want them to be able to play basketball, football, track, softball. The most important foundation to any sport you play is what your footwork ? Yeah your footwork!”