Former Cocoa High Standout C.J. Gardner-Johnson Changing His Name to ‘Ceedy Duce’

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This is not the first name change for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound defensive back

New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson has announced he is changing his name. The second-year defensive back will now be known as “Ceedy Duce.” (ESPN Video image)

(24/7 Sports) – New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson has announced he is changing his name. The second-year defensive back will now be known as “Ceedy Duce.”

The former Florida standout made the announcement on Saturday evening via his personal Instagram account. He said the decision to change his name was made because it is “time to pave a way for my own.”

“Officially changing my name to Ceedy Duce,” he wrote.

“No more Chauncey or C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Time to pave a way for my own imagine that I want no more judgment thoughts on me because you really don’t know me, until you understand me as a person I won’t speak unless spoken to.”

This is not the first name change for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound defensive back. He was listed as Chauncey Gardner Jr. for his first two seasons at Florida, but later hyphenated his last name to honor his stepfather, Brian Johnson, going by Chauncey Gardner-Johnson for his final college season.

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