Cincinnati Bengals Receivers: Ochocinco Has Always Been Numero Uno

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Published: October 1, 2009

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... many people to think of Chad Ochocinco as an attention-seeking prima donna.  His style and attitude seemed completely opposite from that of former Bengal T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent after last year.

Fans in Cincinnati loved the workman-like approach of Houshmandzadeh.  He wasn't going to burn a defensive back and streak to the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown. But with the reliable, sure-hands of Houshmandzadeh, there was no better option on third and eight.

When it became official that Houshmandzadeh was going to Seattle, I knew we would find out if he could be a No.1 receiver in the NFL.  Opposing defenses would no longer have to focus primarily on Ochocinco.  Houshmandzadeh would be numero uno.

For a Bengals fan, it has been very surprising to see and hear what has unfolded in Seattle.  Before the season, Houshmandzadeh told the Sporting News, "I'll put up stats I've never had before yardswise because they're allowing...

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