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Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Raiders sign Houshmandzadeh to join Palmer

HoushmandzadehPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Cincinnati West has added another member. After hiring former Bengals receivers coach Hue Jackson this past offseason and then signing Carson Palmer as the future starting quarterback a few weeks ago, Oakland has announced the team has added former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Will Brinson wrote Monday that this was a distinct possibility, considering Jackson admitted to reporters that the team would work out Houshmandzadeh to see if he had anything left.

With Palmer in Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh was one of the premier slot receivers in the game, becoming a consistent third-down pass-catcher who wasn’t afraid to make a reception across the middle of the field.

But after leaving the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh hasn’t been nearly as effective. He caught 79 passes for 911 yards in Seattle in 2009, but he created enough problems with the front office that the Seahawks excommunicated him from the team after one season. He played with the Ravens last year, but he was mostly irrelevant (30 catches, 398 yards), except for his complaining.

Like Palmer, though, he’s probably hoping the magical waters of Hue Jackson can revitalize a career that seemingly has stalled out by joining his former quarterback on the new Cincinnati West squad. Next up on the Raiders docket: sign former Bengals Rudi Johnson, Willie Anderson and Dhani Jones.

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Willie Anderson thinking about a return

As ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli writes, former Bengals/Ravens OT Willie Anderson is thinking about making a return to the game. He’s interested in playing, but he’s also interested in mentoring.

As he told Pasquarelli, “There is no manual for playing in the NFL, no book that explains to a young guy everything you're going to go through, all the ups and downs you'll experience in a career … and how to prepare for life (after football). I think someone who has been through it all, has seen all the sides on and off the field, has a better chance to (impart) all of those things. And I think that's basically a part of what I have to offer either as a player or as a former player.

"There's no (camouflaging) that I would like to play again. But if not, I feel I owe it to the game and to players to help them prepare for things."

Aside from the fact that Anderson is a four-time Pro Bowler and, from 1997-2006, started all 158 games he played (he missed two contests in 1999), he’s an interesting guy. He owns a couple Fatburger hamburger joints in Cincinnati and Atlanta, and he’s a big believer in helping others.

A few years back I wrote a feature on him for the NFL Players Association web site (a feature I can no longer find online), but I wanted to give a small sampling of what Anderson is like.
He grew up in Mobile, Ala., attending the Boys & Girls Club, so he knows the value of other people caring about him and his education. Which is why he started a scholarship program out of his church in Cincinnati, and in the offseason, he’s made donations to an arts enrichment program for young people in Atlanta.

Anderson wants young people to learn about the aspect of life they couldn’t experience without a little bit of help.   

All of his charitable work is the result of a promise he made many years ago.

“It sounds kind of corny, but it’s a promise I made to God when I was a teenager,” Anderson said. “He put me in the position of success, and I promised I would go back and reach out and help as many people as I could in the right way. I want to be used as a tool to go back and help out wherever I can.”

He takes that promise seriously today.

“All my stuff deals with kids,” Anderson said. “Anything involving kids and helping their education and getting out of their neighborhoods and seeing a different view of the world. It’s helping change their mentality. A lot of guys do stuff around the league, and a lot of it is showing the kids that, ‘Hey, somebody who doesn’t know me, cares about me.’ That changes the mentality right there. So many kids have the mentality that the people that know me don’t care about me.”

Anderson doesn’t want anybody feeling that way. So, in between the time when he pounds on defensive linemen, he gives back to society.

“The charity stuff is something you do so you can give back to the community,” Anderson said. “We all are in a position to be able to take our resources that come to us from being professional athletes and give it to our community. It’s only right. We’re blessed in so many ways. To be a blessing for other people, I personally think it’s my duty.”


It’s doubtful that Anderson's creaky 34-year-old body could last long in the NFL if he somehow could find a starting job. But it sounds like he doesn’t need to start. He just wants to teach.

"I've seen and learned an awful lot," Anderson told ESPN. "If I could pass that knowledge on to people, on the field and off it, that would be great. I don't want to be a coach; that has never interested me. And I don't want to impose myself on people, because that isn't my nature. But I definitely feel I've got something to offer."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 10:46 am
 

RT Willie Anderson Aiming to Return to NFL

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com has an interesting piece on former Bengal and Raven Willie Anderson today. The four-time Pro Bowler spent 13 years in the NFL before retiring last season. For many of those years, he was the best right tackle in the league. Now, Anderson wants to play again. But it’s not just about being on the field. The 34-year-old wants to mentor young players. An excerpt from Pasquarelli's piece:

"There is no manual for playing in the NFL, no book that explains to a young guy everything you're going to go through, all the ups and downs you'll experience in a career … and how to prepare for life,” Anderson said. "I think someone who has been through it all, has seen all the sides on and off the field, has a better chance to [impart] all of those things. And I think that's basically a part of what I have to offer either as a player or as a former player.

"There's no [camouflaging] that I would like to play again. But if not, I feel I owe it to the game and to players to help them prepare for things."


The article gets into Anderson’s relationship with Baltimore's young offensive linemen, and the respect and admiration he garners from former teammates. It’s worth reading if you have a few spare minutes.

--Andy Benoit

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