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Bull Gets Best of Ochocinco

Associated Press

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco backed up his

promise to ride a 1,500-pound bull on the Professional Bull Riders

circuit Saturday night, earning $10,000 for making it out of the

chute atop Deja Blu.

The ride lasted 1.5 seconds before Ochocinco was bucked off with

no apparent injury.

Ochocinco, who wore a helmet and a standard protective vest,

fell 6.5 seconds short of the time needed to win a new Ford truck

and to earn the right to rename the bull after Cincinnati Bengals

coach Marvin Lewis.

But the challenge that began with a tweet earlier this month

ended with Ochocinco proving PBR president Sean Gleason that he was

serious. The six-time Pro Bowl receiver said, however, that he

would never ride a bull again.

"One and done," he said.

The publicity stunt was the latest for Ochocinco, whose Twitter

account has nearly 2 million followers.

Ochocinco said he did not speak with Cincinnati coaches when the

NFL lockout was briefly lifted in late April. He is under contract

with the Bengals but is likely either to be released or told to

take a hefty pay cut now that Cincinnati has drafted A.J. Green.

Ochocinco acknowledged that the Bengals probably weren't pleased

that he was risking a career-threatening injury.

"I'm sure my coach was probably (upset)," Ochocinco said. "I

mean, I would be, too. I'm sure the NFL is (upset), but I don't

follow their rules anyway."

Ty Murray, a former world champion rider and a PBR director,

coached Ochocinco the last two days at the Gwinnett Arena in hopes

of preparing him for the powerful force of a bucking bull.

Murray compared the experience to a first-time skier attempting

to navigate a run from the top of the French Alps.

"We practiced several crash scenarios today," Murray said.

"He's a phenomenal athlete, he's very easy to teach because he's

so athletic and aware of his body. But what he did was monumental

and to try and ride a bull for 8 seconds with his lack of

experience is impossible."

Ochocinco and Deja Blu were the feature event at intermission of

the Lucas Oil Invitational. According to Gleason, Ochocinco helped

to generate much-needed publicity for the PBR.

"I think our viewership for this show will be our highest of

the year, but I think the effects will be long-ranging," Gleason

said. "A guy like Chad can come in here and think that this is

going to be an easy thing to do and then stand there and say, 'I

had no idea. This is unbelievable.'

"That's going to help our sport more than anything."

Ochocinco, who tried out in March with Sporting Kansas City of

Major League Soccer, has no plans to try another dangerous sport

during the lockout.

Playing in the NFL is hard enough, but he disagreed that bull

riding presented a major risk to his longevity.

"No, every down is a risk to my career," he said. "Every time

I wake up in the morning there's a risk to life in general. You

never know what's going to happen. One of the things about me is

I'm extremely interesting, I'm unpredictable and I am willing to do



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