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Brenden Pupi was awoken on Sunday morning to an interesting direct message on Twitter: “Wake up, son.” It was Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, and he was coming over to play FIFA.
Pupi was stunned. He had made plans the night before to play Ochocinco in the game after meeting him at San Marcos 54th Street Bar and Grill (Johnson had tweeted that he was at the bar enjoying a burger), but the sophomore biochemistry major didn’t think the former NFL star would actually show up.
Being a fan since childhood, Pupi decided to put his studying on hold, grab a few friends and members of the Texas State football team, and meet up with Johnson at the bar when he saw the tweet. When they arrived, Pupi and his friends were surprised to see that Johnson wasn’t surrounded by fans clamoring for autographs. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
From My San Antonio:
“When we got there, they told us it was a 45-minute wait, but they told us ‘the bar is open seating,'” Pupi said via phone on Tuesday. “We look over and he’s sitting at the bar by himself. We talked to him for 30-45 minutes and he was so funny — real nice and polite.”
As Pupi and five others enjoyed their food and conversation with Johnson, Pupi asked if Johnson had time to play FIFA while he was in San Marcos. Johnson replied that he was about to leave to presumably beat one of Pupi’s fellow Bobcats in FIFA at their apartment, but that he would re-connect with Pupi on Twitter to set up a gaming session before he left Texas.
He had to leave to go play other college kids in FIFA first? Chad works the FIFA hustle like it’s his job.
After several hours and no message, Pupi and his friends thought Johnson had flaked. They went to sleep. Then came Johnson’s wake up call.
A couple hours later, a group of Texas State students were crowded around the television, lining up for their chance to get whooped by Ochocinco (he’s notoriously gifted in the art of Feef). The ensuing 10-hour gaming marathon was halted but twice — once when Ochocinco left to buy the group donuts, and again when he left to pick up pizza.
Gotta love Chad Johnson. Dude’s spending his post-NFL career driving around the country, schooling college kids in FIFA. He recently took on the men of Tau Epsilon Phi at the University of Florida, too.
I wonder which college town will get the chance to pick up the sticks against Ochocinco next..
[via My San Antonio]