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We've always known that Chad Ochocinco(notes) is great at three things: Talking, catching and keeping himself in the news. After tonight's preseason game, we can add another thing to that list: kicking.

In a preseason game against the New England Patriots, the colorful Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver took over kicking duties for his team while its usual kicker, Shayne Graham(notes), was nursing a groin injury. Ochocinco successfully converted an extra point after a Chris Henry touchdown reception, booting the ball straight through the middle of the uprights.

Afterward, he told Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"‘Esteban' Ochocinco is back. The most interesting footballer in the world. Everyone has to remember, I've always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now."  

Why Esteban? Is that a popular name amongst footballers? And how can Esteban be back if he was never around in the first place. But I digress. 

That part about soccer being Ochocinco's first love isn't just the usual hyperbole that we normally hear from the receiver. In 2007 Ochocinco told that he played soccer in high school and stopped playing only because he thought football afforded him a better opportunity to advance himself. (Say what you will about Ochocinco, but he's no dummy.)

Ochocinco also kicked off to begin the second half and got the ball to the Patriots nine yard line, which isn't half bad. The Bengals have yet to attempt a field goal, which is a shame because the post-kick celebration may have been off the charts.

Shayne Graham isn't going to have to worry about losing his job, but it's good for the Bengals to know that they have an emergency kicker should Graham's groin flare up during a game. Let's just hope they don't need an extra roster spot for Esteban.

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