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Up-and-coming Bengals wideout Chad Johnson
SI: You seem to talk a lot, on the field and off. Why?
Johnson: I like to make noise, and I like the comments to get out. It puts pressure on me to practice harder and play at a higher level.
SI: How much do you trash-talk during games?
Johnson: Never. It's only in pregame. When the corners are doing their drills before the game, I tell them, "Man, your hips are too slow," or "That'll never work today." Sometimes they talk back. Like this year, in the preseason, Detroit safety Corey Harris came over and said, "Man, who are you? Oh, yeah. You're Keyshawn Johnson's little cousin."
SI: Most important lesson you've learned from Keyshawn.
Johnson: He tells me, "Stay humble. Work hard." We talk every week.
SI: You've said that you want to be the best wideout. Who's the best?
Johnson: So many good ones. I would have to say Little Marvin. Marvin Harrison. The way he sets up a cornerback is so great to watch. He can run a curl five different ways, depending on the technique he gets from a corner. I wish I was in [ Colts wideout] Reggie Wayne's shoes; I'd learn something from Marvin every day.
SI: You admire Jerry Rice, don't you?