I've met many people in five seasons on the Bengals beat. Here are those who stand out:
Mike Zimmer -- He remains my favorite coach in any sport to deal with and it was good to see how relaxed and natural he looked as an NFL head coach at the Combine.
Andrew Whitworth -- When his playing days are done, and I hope that isn’t the case for a long time, he will make one hell of a coach, analyst or NFLPA leader.
Carson Palmer -- In my two-plus seasons covering Palmer, he wasn’t hesitant in giving his opinion. He also respected when you took the effort to go out of your way.
Chris Henry – Not a week goes by that I don’t think about him and wonder what kind of father and husband he would have been now.
Leon Hall – I earned a lot of respect for him after he handled the questions about the tip that led to the Brandon Stokley touchdown pass in the 2009 opener with aplomb.
Jordan Palmer – To me, he remains an unsung hero of the 2011 team for helping to lead offseason workouts for the offense and helping to get Andy Dalton up to speed.
Chad Johnson – Hopefully one day he can retire as a Bengal, even if it is a one-day contract.
Andre Smith – No one was hammered as hard as he was during his first two seasons here, yet Andre was accountable and didn’t decline interviews.
Ben Utecht – If Mike Brown continues to doubt the link between concussions and long-term injuries, please spend the day with Utecht. I am elated that Ben’s singing career is doing well but when he talked about looking at a friend’s wedding album and having no memory of being his best man or singing at the ceremony it was heartbreaking.
Clark Harris – Taking a 100-mile snap to left cheek during an episode of “Beyond the Stripes” has given me good preparation on the baseball beat for those foul balls that come screaming into the press box.
Chris Crocker -- Whether he wants to be an official or a broadcaster, he will be successful.