Bengals franchise records
Touraj "Jeje" (T. J.) Houshmandzadeh, Jr. (born September 26, 1977) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State. Houshmandzadeh is of mixed heritage: his mother is African-American and his father Iranian.
Houshmandzadeh dropped out of Newcomb Central School in New York but later earned his GED. After receiving his GED, he enrolled at Cerritos College. In his two seasons with the Falcons in 1997 and 1998, he was a two-time First-Team Mission Conference selection at wide receiver and kickoff returner. He wanted to play as running back his freshman year, but believing he was too tall to play running back, he voluntarily moved to wide receiver. He finished his Falcons career with 1,152 receiving yards on 65 receptions. He also had two 103-yard kickoff returns and an 92-yard punt return.