Johnson was in the area for an autograph event.
The eatery was even featured in Tarantino's "Death Proof" film. For 10 hours on Sunday, a Texas State University student and his college-football-playing roommates had the chance to test their virtual athleticism against former NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson.
Brenden Pupi, a biochemistry sophomore, said in an interview with mySA. Pupi said he noticed the NFL star tweeted he was at a San Marcos 54th Street Bar and Grill on Saturday enjoying a burger and decided to take a break from studying to go to the restaurant for a chance to meet Johnson. Pupi, two of his roommates and a few members of the Texas State football team got more than they bargained for when they found enough empty chairs at the bar — right next to "Ochocinco.
We talked to him for minutes and he was so funny — real nice and polite. 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.
After several hours of silence, Pupi said he and his friends thought Johnson had flaked. But, Pupi said he was woken up by a direct message from Johnson on Sunday with a simple request — "Wake up, son.
Two hours from when the message was sent, Pupi got a call from a Florida. Pupi and two of his roommates, Giuliano Cattaneo and Kregg Lemons, opened their cottage-style apartment at the Village on Telluride on Sunday for various members of the Texas State football team to try their hand against Johnson, who is known for seldom turning down a FIFA challenge.
Pupi said he felt like Johnson was a "bro" as Johnson answered any questions players posed, even a request to hold a training session for wide receivers — to which Johnson "politely declined. The fun came to a temporary stop when Johnson left to pick up donuts for the group of guys coming in and out of Pupi's apartment, and again when Johnson bought pizza for everyone.
Many had jerseys and footballs autographed and took photos with the pro-football star before he left. Johnson was set to begin with the Miami Dolphins inbut was released following allegations he headbutted his then wife, Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson made headlines in when he legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco — translating from Spanish to "85," his jersey. Johnson reverted back to his original last name in .
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