On players who say
he is boisterous and calls too much attention to himself
It doesn't bother
me at all. I know where to draw the line, and I seldom p--- anybody off.
Cincinnati hadn't had any excitement in years before last season, and I
promised myself that as long as I'm here, I'm always going to give fans
something to look forward to.
On reaching his
prime as a receiver
I'm not at the top
yet. I'm very, very good; to the naked eye it looks like, What more can he do?
But there's much room for improvement. My offensive coaches never give me
praise. My position coach Hue Jackson's favorite line is, "Right now,
you're 365 degrees below fly s---." It's the little details, like running
the same route the same way every time, so Carson [Palmer, the Bengals' QB]
always knows where I am. Those details can make the difference between a play
going 10 or 50 yards.
On his favorite
I played soccer
before football, and I was good. That's where I get my quick feet--my feet are
unbelievable. When I got to high school [ Miami Beach High], I had to choose
between the sports because they were in the same season. I chose football
because I saw more opportunity, but it broke my heart. I still follow soccer; I
watched every minute I could of the World Cup. I like to think I play football
like Ronaldinho, with the trick moves and the anticipation. When he plays
soccer, he looks completely different from everybody else. I try to do that
On his success (772
receiving yards and six TDS in his last eight games) against the division-rival
I don't know what
it is, but it's like Christmas every time I face them. Maybe it's that
[ Baltimore linebacker] Ray Lewis and I are friendly rivals or that I get more
anxious the better the competition--but I devour that defense. The Ravens bring
out my best. One thing I need to work on is staying at that high level of
intensity all the time, instead of playing down to my competition.
On his touchdown
I don't know why
the NFL is worried about them. They want everything about the game to be
perfect--at least what they consider perfect. The pants have to hit the socks
exactly right, the uniforms have to be exact. The way they treat you, it's
almost like being in jail. It's crazy, because when I come up with a new
celebration, the fans love it.