Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has had his fair share of chances to do right in the league. From his time with the Steelers, Raiders, Patriots and Buccaneers the once thought-to-be-first-ballot Hall of Famer has burned his bridge at every stop.
His last incident came as a member of the Bucs in a Week 17 game at the Jets, where he undressed and left the field during the game. Since then, he’s badmouthed Tom Brady and the Buccaneers organization in multiple interviews. Only to try and take the comments back the next time he talks.
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6-year peak season averages:
114.3 REC 89.7
1,524 YDS 1,424
11.2 TD 10.3
99.4 YDS/G 95.0
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Now Brown is saying he won’t play football in 2022, as if teams are banging down his door to sign him. During an interview with Fan Controlled Football League, the mercurial AB had this to say:
“Obviously we live the game, but you can’t lay forever. I think I’m a great player that’s done everything in the game.”
“Nah, don’t play yourself looking for me to play.
“I do what I want, I’m a 12-year veteran, and one of the best players of all time, and my job is to live. Life is about living. We all gonna die … I’m a rapper, I do shows, I’m an independent businessman. Business booming.”
FS1 personality and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe says don’t fall for AB’s antics. He’s not wanted by NFL teams right now. He’s burned his fair share of bridges, and the league is all about relationships.
“Nobody’s playing themselves … don’t you play yourself thinking teams are lining up to get you. Don’t let AB fool you thinking it’s his choice,” Sharpe said. “The NFL is saying AB, you’re probably not playing this year. That has got nothing to do with AB. Because he played himself in three different locations. The Steelers, the Raiders and now Tampa. And the one place that he was offered to go back, he burned that bridge talking foolishness about Tom Brady, the man that threw himself a lifeline to save him when he was drowning to begin with.”
Sharpe isn’t about to let AB sucker him into any of his blatant foolery.
Brown Wanted Team To Sign Him Before He Has Ankle Surgery
In March, Brown said he wanted to be signed before he had surgery on his ankle. For him to think a team would take that sort of risk on someone as erratic as him is strange and far-fetched.
Here’s what he told TMZ Sports.
“I need to get my ankle fixed, but I just want to make sure I got an obligation or a commitment from a team,” the perennial All-Pro said. “It’s a lot for a guy to go through surgery without an idea of where you gonna work, or who you’re going to work for.”
It’s safe to say Brown’s playing days may be over, and it’s his own fault. He ruined a good situation in Tampa, and they were one of the only teams wiling to even bring him in. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have options because his brand is official.
Brown Is Donda Sports President
Brown is the president of Donda Sports, an organization started by rap and fashion mogul Kanye West. Brown has been seen with AB since his infamous field exiting that fateful day in January. Over the weekend the new sports entity landed its highest-profile client when three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald signed with them.