During Wednesday’s locker-room session, Terrell Owens said that Chad Ochocinco is the best wide receiver that has been opposite him since the incomparable Jerry Rice.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve had somebody of that caliber,” Owens said. “I played with Jerry Rice. He was at the top of the charts as far as being explosive and making a play anywhere on the field. It’s been awhile and that’s not a knock on (any) of the guys I’ve played with. You put our resumes side-by-side, there’s nobody out there that can really compare until you put Jerry Rice.”
Owens has it right because he’s going by the numbers. At some point during the Sept. 12 opener in historic New England, the Dynamic Duo should make some history themselves.
One if by T.O.
Two if by Chad.
Owens is 49 receiving yards away from becoming the third player in NFL history with 15,000, joining only Rice (22,895) and Isaac Bruce (15,208).
Ochocinco is 48 yards away from becoming the 33rd player with 10,000 yards and moving ahead of Eric Moulds on the all-time list.
When they both reach the milestone, the Bengals become just the second team in NFL history to line up a 15,000-yard receiver and 10,000 yard receiver at the same time. Rice teamed with Tim Brown in Oakland from 2001-2003.
Owens saw Rice pass the 15,000-yard mark his rookie year of 1996 when he was teamed with Rice and J.J. Stokes in San Francisco.
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The cards were already stacked against Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco heading into the Final Four of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Pitted against an ice skater, a pop star and a former college dance teamer, The Ocho responded in the underdog role with some of his best dancing of the show. Topping off his last dance by ripping off his top during a torrid Samba, he gave it a good go with a solo that took him sliding across the floor on his knees.
But he could only get a 25 from the three judges. Together with three 9s for a waltz, that put him in fourth and last place heading into Tuesday’ night’s results show at 8 p.m. He ended up with 52 while skater Evan Lysacek and pop star Nicole Scherzinger went 59 out of 60 to finish tied for first with former University of Florida dancer Erin Andrews putting up 56 in her two dances.
A couple of hours before he went on, he revealed that he wasn’t as nervous as he was on Sunday and sounded pretty loose when he put Burke on the line.
“Do or die,” said Burke, a multi-winner of the Mirror Ball.
The episode was spiced with background stories on the four contestants, and The Ocho’s segment included interviews with his grandmother, daughter, Terrell Owens, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis allowed that Ocho didn’t think the experience would be as hard as it has become. It has been a little bit harder because Ochocinco says he’s been getting up early to lift weights.
Now he finds out Tuesday night if the fan votes have brought football season, or if he’s dancing for another week and into next Monday’s last episode.
“I don’t want to go home,” he said.
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The Ocho hasn’t been this graceful since he caught that six-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer for the AFC North title as he was going down on his back against the Chiefs.
After showering partner Cheryl Burke with a raft of gifts on her 26th birthday (the diamond heart necklace has the tongues wagging), Chad Ochocinco logged his highest score of 25 on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in all but wrapping up another shot next week.
The Ocho finally sold his most harshest critic this side of Marvin Lewis when judge Len Goodman gave him a nine for the waltz because of his “fluid arms.”
“I don’t know why, but for some reason tonight, it clicked. I was able to flip the switch,” said The Ocho a few hours after the show. “For the first time I felt like I do on the field. I had that same swagger. That same confidence. It’s about time. I’ve been working so hard, I feel like it’s been paying off.”
Goodman declared that he will remember “May 3, 2010” as the day Ochocinco became a contender.
“To hear that from a professional dancer was big thrill,” Ochocinco said. “I’ve got my competitive juices going.”
If it was a game?
8-137, 2 TDs.
And he is thinking about football, too. He says he’s getting up at 5 a.m. to lift and run. He got a text from Lewis telling him No. 1 pick Jermaine Gresham looked good at rookie camp. Ochocinco says he’s still on last year’s sked, when he came into the on-field workouts in mid June.
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Chad Ochocinco’s trip back to Cincinnati last week must have revived his dancing because he came up with his highest score of the competition with three 8s Monday night on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars doing the Argentine Tango.
Then he came back and got seven extra points when they finished fourth in the swing dance marathon. He ended up with some good lifts and leaped over partner Cheryl Burke’s head a few times.
Call it eight catches for 143 yards.
The Ocho and Burke came to Paul Brown Stadium last Friday to shoot a segment for Tuesday’s 8 p.m. results show as well as take in the Bengals draft party Thursday night while also getting in some rehearsals at a downtown studio. Bengals strength coach Chip Morton said Burke tried a few stations in the weight room and while she told The Ocho she’s “no athlete, I’m a dancer,” Morton said she was “a good sport.” Morton got a particular charge out of her request to put The Ocho’s head on the spot where she was bringing down a sledge-hammer coontraption.
Word is Burke and The Ocho took a football out to the field after she checked out his locker and tried on a couple of helmets. They also apparenlty signed a couple of footballs for a Marvin Lewis Community Fund auction.
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