Chad Ochocinco is one happy camper. Perhaps later today, Albert Haynesworth will share his joy in a similar fashion.
Oh, sure, the New England Patriots’ wide receiver/soccer player/rodeo bull rider/designer/OCNN mogul must wrest No. 85 from Aaron Hernandez, but he showed up for his new team’s first practice/walk-through, watching from the sideline. Haynesworth was in the building and may be watching the team this afternoon.
[Update — The number problem apprarently has been settled. In the afternoon session, Ochocinco was wearing an 85 jersey as he practiced with the team; Hernandez was wearing No. 81 shorts. ]
Ochocinco met quarterback Tom Brady, an event that prompted the whirring of camera motor drives. He liked one photo so much — it’s the one above — that he made it his new Twitter avatar. A little later he tweeted:
It’s 1 thing to jump and be able to land on 2 feet but I had no idea I was landing in Heaven.Hope all is well on this good Friday.
“This is the first time I had a chance to be with him on the field. I know he’s excited,” Brady said. “I talked to him earlier. He’s excited to be out here and he’s excited to be a part of a new team. ...
“I’ve watched him play over the years, I remember I met him at the Pro Bowl a long time ago. He’s just fun to be around. He loves football and I think that’s why guys do well here, because they love the game, they love to compete. They show up and they want to win. I think to be a good player on this team, you have to be able to put the team first.”
“I saw him this morning, I said, ‘I still haven’t forgiven you for that.’ He said, God, I’ve got a lot of friends up here and they’ve all given him a lot of grief over the years,” Brady said. “He’s a big guy and there’s a lot of competition at the D-line position. And Chad’s in the same situation, hopefully. He can come in and fill a role and be a big part of the success of this team. I think that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Let’s flash back to that hit and what Haynesworth had to say about it at what was a much simpler time for him in Washington: “I mean, it wasn’t like I was hitting [Brady’s wife] Gisele or something; he’s the quarterback. It was good, it was fine. I mean, I was trying to tackle him, but I wasn’t trying to hurt him. I’m not that type of a player, you know? I’m actually a big Tom Brady fan. I’m a big Patriots fan. I’ve always like the Patriots, I’ve always liked Coach Belichick. I just like the way [Brady] is.”