I urge you to root for former Bengal Chad Ochocinco today. I know he is no longer a Bengal and didn't leave under the best circumstances. I also know he didn't contribut to the Pats ver much this year. But Chad helped make the Bengals relevant again. He did more the make the Bengals relevant than most people in the organization.
Here's why: I am a Bengals fan living 2 hours north west of PA. I grew up thinking I was the only Bengal fan in PA. But starting 6-7 years ago, I began teaching and saw several students wearing Bengal jerseys. When I asked them why they like the Bengals, the students would say "Chad Johnson". He had incredibly productive seasons with flashly end zone dances. Ochocinco brought a new generation of fans to Cincy.
One could argue Ochocinco was the player the Bengals needed (at the time).