WDR has long called TJ Houshmandzadeh "the hardest man in football" because of his attitude and tough play on the field. He plays every Sunday with a fire rarely seen in other Bengals and he doesn't take no jack from any punk CB. And WDR has also been on the record endorsing the Bengals dropping the franchise tag on TJ (and trading Chad for a box of footballs and some ace bandages). And because of the money tied up with Chad, the money that TJ will be worth on the free agent market and TJ's fearlessness to speak the truth, it is likely that this Sunday is the last time we will ever see TJ in a Bengals uniform.
But the reason that TJ is now a proud honorary member of WDR is because he is consistently the only Bengal to speak up about the plight of the Bengals and not do so in a way that is completly self-serving (see above).
According to an article written today by previous WDR member honoree Paul Daugherty, TJ was asked about the significance of winning the Bengals final three games. TJ's response? "'Nothing,' except the satisfaction of knowing hard work had finally paid off."
"Is this team one or two players away from contending?" someone asked.
"Not one or two," Houshmandzadeh said. "Maybe a few, at a few different positions, might be accurate."
God bless you TJ. God bless your deadly rat-tail. Barack Obama's strategy for dealing with Iran is to send TJ Houshmandzadeh (who is part Persian) to speak directly with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A little TJ smack talk will lead to an immediate surredner.
Just think of we had an owner or a coach (or a GM!) who was actually honest about how far the Bengals are from being a winning team. But instead we will hear about the momentum and how we will be able to draft our way into the Super Bowl. What we need are a few more TJs...