Cool story from that madhouse I experienced Monday evening.
By Chick Ludwig
Dayton Daily News
CINCINNATI | Yes, it will be a very Merry Christmas for Dylan Izor, thanks to his new best friend — Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson.
Izor, 5, of New Lebanon, met his hero during Johnson's autograph signing at Cardboard Heroes at the Dayton Mall on Monday night.
"He gave me a dollar and told me, 'Merry Christmas,' " Johnson said on Wednesday during the Bengals' open locker-room period at Paul Brown Stadium. "So I gave him something in return and told him, 'Merry Christmas' back."
Johnson accepted Izor's $1 bill. In exchange, Johnson handed the youngster a "Ben Franklin" — a $100 bill.
"It made my son so happy," said Justin Izor, Dylan's father. "He loves the Bengals. His first hero is Chad Johnson."
The Izors waited in line during the autograph session, then Dylan approached Johnson on his own. The two got some one-on-time together.
"All of a sudden, Dylan comes running back, yelling and screaming, 'Chad's my best friend! Chad's my best friend!' " Justin said.
The $100 bill is housed in a frame that features an autographed photo of Johnson shaking hands with Dylan.
"It's $100 he's never going to spend," Justin said. "Dylan has calmed down, but I haven't. I'm still shaking. The whole night was a dream come true."