Wide receiver Touraj Jeje Houshmandzadeh played his college ball for Cerritos College and Oregon State prior to being drafted in 2001 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Nicknamed as T. J or Jeje, he was the 204th pick, going in the seventh round.
At Cerritos, a junior college, he played for two seasons, catching 65 passes for 1,152 yards. He made the First Team Mission Conference both years. He then attended Oregon State for one year. At OSU, he caught 42 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns.
In six seasons with the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh has played in a total of 88 regular-season games, missing only eight possible starts. He’s caught 33 touchdowns and a total of 415 passes for 4,878 yards. He’s averaged 11.8 yards per catch. Houshmandzadeh has fumbled three times, losing two. He had his best season in 2007 when he led the NFL in receptions (tied). He also notched his personal best for TD catches—12. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time that same year.
T.J was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on 2nd March, 2009 to a 5 year contract of $40 million dollars, with guarantee of $15 million dollars.
At six-foot-two and 203 pounds, Houshmandzadeh offers an athletic frame. His agility, quickness and balance on intermediate and short routes are good, but he lacks speed when it comes to deep routes. His hands are good, and he ably adjusts to zone coverage. His blocking could be better and his burst after the catch needs more fire. He’s a durable competitor who continues to improve.