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Fan, friends connected with Ochocinco

Updated: January 31, 2010, 10:37 AM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

Kirk Stivers was tired, cold and grieving. It was the last Saturday in November and he had just returned from the funeral of one of his oldest friends, Chris Kernich. Stivers sat on the couch of his mother's home in Beavercreek, Ohio, opened his laptop and logged on to Twitter. He needed to send a message to Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco.

"I knew that was the way I could really connect to him," Stivers says.

That night, nearly 60 miles away, Ochocinco ...

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