Chad Ochocinco rode a bull for 1.5 seconds

Chad Ochocinco and PBR president Sean Gleason a hour or so before Ochocinco rode a bull at the Gwinnett Arean. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Chad Ochocinco and PBR president Sean Gleason a hour or so before Ochocinco rode a bull at the Gwinnett Arena. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco rode a bull for 1.5 seconds during intermission of a professional bull riding event on Saturday at the Gwinnett Arena.

The 10-year NFL veteran and six-time Pro Bowler, didn’t make it through one buck by Deja Blu, a 1,500-pound bull. He was nearly stomped by the Bulls’ back legs while scrambling to get out of the way.

“I was mad that I couldn’t ride it out of the chute,” said Ochocinco, who received a $10,000 appearance fee.

Ochocinco, who has been working out in Atlanta and running the track at the Marist School, started tweeting about riding a bull on twitter.com recently. Professional Bull Riders president Sean Gleason issued him a challenge.

Ochocinco practiced riding a bull on Friday and Saturday with Ty Murray, a nine-time world champion and Professional Bull Riding co-founder.

“A comparison would be a guy coming to you and saying I only want to ski one run, but I want to go to the top of the French Alps and do a double diamond,” Murray said.

Ochocinco was clearly nervous before his ride. He rose up off the bull twice before giving Murray the thumbs up signal to open the chute.

“I knew I was in over my head,” Ochocinco said.

Murray gave Ochocinco a crash course on bull riding.

“Mainly, what I was trying to do was show him chute protection and chute safety,” Murray said. “We practiced several crash scenarios today. He’s a phenomenal athlete. He was very easy to teach because he is so athletic.”

After getting thrown, Ochocinco rolled to his left like he getting away from an NFL linebacker.

“I’m sure the NFL is pissed, but I don’t follow their rules anyway,” Ochocinco said.

The PBR folks were delighted with the extra attention.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Gleason said. “At the end of the day, we’ve been in major newspapers for the last five days. It’s just been phenomenal, the national exposure for a sport that really needs it. We need more people to know what we do.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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32 comments Add your comment

Debo

May 14th, 2011
10:12 pm

For $5,000,I could have done better than that.

Teeman

May 14th, 2011
10:23 pm

“I’m sure the NFL is pissed, but I don’t follow their rules anyway,” Ochocinco said.

That statement says it all. Pro athletes, like movie stars, manipulate the system. One of the best is Lohan and her manipulation of the L.A. judicial system.

It’s all about $$ and lily livered officials who don’t have the b*lls to implement the rules. Great message to be giving our youth today – not!

Larry

May 14th, 2011
10:25 pm

Nobody would pay $5k to see you ride a bull.

layinlow

May 14th, 2011
10:44 pm

I was hoping the f’in bull would stomp his head in. I’m sick of this stupid clown. He hasn’t even been close with the upper tier receivers in the game in a couple years now. Why is this guy still newsworthy?

Haywood

May 14th, 2011
10:58 pm

Good for him. I’m glad to see athletes having fun. As far as the NFL is concerned, he’s unemployed and it’s their fault. His owners can’t get pissed because they have locked him and his teammates out, so there isn’t really anything they can do about it. I hope they see the point he’s trying to make.

PaulieOldSchool

May 14th, 2011
11:10 pm

I got to give the man his props. He got up on that bull and gave it his best. More than most of us could/would/should do. Just thinking about getting on a pissed off 1500 lb. animal makes my knees weak. I got to give Chad credit for giving it a go. Nice paycheck for 1.5 seconds, too. Still, he did what they asked him to do–promote the sport.

crafty

May 14th, 2011
11:28 pm

Shocked he would risk his career for 10K.

cantondawg

May 14th, 2011
11:33 pm

I also have to give Ochocinco credit for getting on the bull. It does takes some balls to do that. However, i must admit that i was rooting for the BULL.

Larry

May 14th, 2011
11:33 pm

Chad is a marketing genius. He’s promoted MLS and PBR during the lockout and has shown dignity and respect to both sports while getting paid. Winning!!!

BehindEnemyLines

May 14th, 2011
11:39 pm

I’m with Larry on this one, for whatever quirks the guy may have, he gave both sports more attention than they would have otherwise gotten & considerably more in publicity than either could have afforded paying for. Everybody got something out of the deal, it certainly did no one any harm, good business all the way around.

Tvshooter

May 15th, 2011
12:35 am

I was there Friday night as part of a crew shooting another story for ESPN, and saw Ocho walking around and getting his crash course. He was six shades of white. I must say-not backing out took a lot of testicular fortitude.

I suspect he is going to put a 10 second delay on his tweets from now on.

Ted Striker

May 15th, 2011
1:02 am

I salute the guy for doing it. Was gutsy.

Those who wanna critique the guy for it can say anything they want after they ride Deja Blu out of the chute themselves. Otherwise they got no say.

Falcons Chic

May 15th, 2011
1:17 am

Wait, most homeowner policies have “no glacier gliding” or “spelunking scuba,” and I seem to remember some reference to TD’s contract saying “no snow-boarding.” I can see that during the season or draft, but not even Chile or NZ in “our off season?” Please, let the man execute something other than a draft board!

Ochiento y cinco, I’m not an admirer, but I’d hate to see any person get $10k but lose $100k as a penalty from Mr. G.

tyrace

May 15th, 2011
1:51 am

Hey great job chad you winning .Having fun

Dawg 95

May 15th, 2011
2:33 am

1.5 seconds?? What a joke.

Larry

May 15th, 2011
3:58 am

And he can’t even take off his earrings for a bull fight.

Utter, unabashed self absorption.

MaxxFalcon

May 15th, 2011
4:51 am

Man, this is hilarious. Ochocinco is crazy, it’s official

TheAntiMe

May 15th, 2011
5:31 am

Hey, I believe that Ochocinco should have a long career on the rodeo circuit if he were to choose to go in that direction. He has shown on numerous occasions that he has just what it takes to definitely make it in any field of endeavor as a clown, rodeo or otherwise. Once again, Chad has proven to all that he is the total clown package.

Don

May 15th, 2011
5:45 am

It somehow seems appropriate to see the words “bull” and “Ochocinco” in the same sentence…

El Bravo

May 15th, 2011
7:41 am

Mad props for Ochocinco. The man has millions on the line yet has the cojones to ride a 1,500 lb bull. Most of the haters here would not risk their minimum wage jobs to ride a sheep…

lee

May 15th, 2011
7:56 am

well, Ochocinco’s been throwing the bull for 10 years. last nite, the bull had his turn

SawThat1nce

May 15th, 2011
9:19 am

It takes a special kind of fool, to ride a bull.
And if you are a millionare, and ride a bull, you are an extra special, kind of fool.

1eyedJack

May 15th, 2011
9:51 am

Montana wouldn’t do it.

Debo

May 15th, 2011
11:20 am

@ LARRY, Iam in need of cash. If PBR offered me $5,000 for 1.5 sec and $10,000 for 8 seconds, I would go for it.

SeenThisB4

May 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

What an idiot. Well, at least it proves that not all of the NFL’s idiots play for the falcant’s!

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mike

May 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

Chad seems to be a genuinely great guy. Talks to all of his fans via Twitter, bull rides, went to Braves game a few weeks ago with random fan. Seems like a guy having fun and enjoying life (the 10K doesnt hurt either, right?). No off-field troubles for this guy either, and he doesn’t drink alcohol.

John

May 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

Exactly what mike said. Why is he being chastised by all of you? He doesn’t get in off the field trouble and seems like a real down to earth kind of guy, so I could care less if he hot-dogs in the end zone whenever he scores TDs. The man has some serious guts to be incredibly scared but not back down from a challenge.

Nuevequatro

May 16th, 2011
7:24 am

Professional Bowler? I ain’t seen him on the tour lately. For sure, he’s no Don Carter or Billy Welu.

DHD

May 16th, 2011
7:35 am

This is BIG news!! You just can’t hide anything from the professional journalists of the AJC.

skip

May 16th, 2011
12:14 pm

Good ol’ Chad Johnson………the biggest egomaniac and self-promoter since Deion Sanders. I wish the bull had kicked his ass.

GT Alum

May 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

Actually, I don’t know that anyone in the NFL really cares right now. Speculation has been that Cincy is planning to release him once a labor agreement is in place. If he doesn’t get himself hurt or killed, someone will sign him to a contract. If he does, they won’t.