An attendant was delivering the gift he had requested from Deion Sanders.
“Deion's my favorite player of all time,” the Cincinnati Bengals receiver said. “He started all the flamboyancy in football. He brought charisma to the game. He set the trends that guys do now.”
While Houshmandzadeh turned the cleats upside down, examining the gift from his famous friend in detail, receiver Chad Johnson dressed quietly at a neighboring locker. Together, they had just played the biggest role in sending Deion's Baltimore Ravens to a 42-29 loss.