Originally Posted by Mosca
Neither is Hines Ward.
I'm going to stand up for this guy. Of course he has to think that his team is the best.
Houshmanzadeh's style of play is very similar to Ward's; he runs precise patterns, he blocks, he takes the hits and gets up and plays the next play.
His Iranian father abandoned the family. The guy was a high school dropout who turned his life around, got his GED and went to junior college. He used his juco success to go to Oregon State. He then made the best of his talent, worked hard, and is a star in that offense. To this point, his name hasn't been brought up in connection with any of the Bengals' scandals; he doesn't seem to run with that crowd.
I'll overlook the fact that he looks like Richard Reid and that he plays for the Bengals and see a guy who has made himself a success. If he happened to get frustrated with a reporter and cussed him out, well, who wouldn't cuss out, say, Smizik? Every time I've heard Houshmanzadeh on ESPN Radio interviews he's been respectful and insightful.
I'd have him on my team in a minute. He might say that his team is the best, but you don't hear the "me" word. I'll go so far as to say that for him, playing for the Bengals is a curse; on any other team, he'd be a star. On the Steelers he'd be reborn.
Its one thing to think it......Its another thing to address it in poor taste to the media. Totally classless. And he has said these type of things time and time again.
Even T.O. has shown more class than that. You say you're going to stand up for the guy?? Shining his shoes with the Terrible Towel?? C'mon man. It is clear he does such things in a disrespectful way. Chad Johnson, on the other hand, is not disrespectful.
As for overcoming the adversities in his personal life, thats good for him. I'm happy to see he made the best of his opportunities. The problem with many of these "new age" athletes is that they are not taught how to handle success. They think they need to behave a certain way that is usually unacceptable by most. He needs to learn how to be humble before he gets humiliated.