NFL Star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Chooses Frugal Lifestyle Over Materialism During Career

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Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson, who signed his first contract as a rookie for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, opted for a frugal lifestyle instead of indulging in material possessions after entering the NFL.

Despite earning millions throughout his 11-season career, Johnson chose to live inside the Bengals stadium for the first two years instead of purchasing or renting a new house, as reported by CNN.

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He reasoned that the stadium provided all the necessary amenities, such as showers, a cafeteria, TV, and a gaming system.

Johnson credited this grounded approach as a foundation for his successful career, during which he spent 10 seasons with the Bengals and earned six Pro-Bowl team honors.

Johnson's former head coach, Marvin Lewis, eventually convinced him to get his own place.

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Johnson claims to have saved over 80% of his playing salary, as he was never tempted to indulge in extravagant purchases, including real jewelry, expensive clothes, or fast cars.

Johnson firmly believes that his name holds more value than any material possession, and that being caught up in one's image and appearance is pointless.

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