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Venice's football team has a new receiver. Sophomore Chad Johnson Jr. is the son of the former NFL standout who is known as Ocho Cinco for his No. 85 jersey with the Cincinnati Bengals.
"He's a very humble kid," said Venice coach Angelo Gasca, who knew Johnson's father when he played at Santa Monica College.
Johnson Jr. is 6 feet 3 and also a promising baseball player.
Johnson Jr. won't be wearing No. 85 this season.
"I gave him 18 and he seemed happy," Gasca said.