The Rise and Fall: Antonio Brown


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The Rise: 

Antonio Brown (also known as “AB”)  is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He has played for teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Brown attended Miami Norland High School in Florida. He played football there with his positions being running back, quarterback, wide receiver and punt returner. Brown was also a two-time Class 6A all-state selection and was also named North Athlete of the Year at 2005 Miami-Dade Gridiron Classic.

After high school, Brown applied to Florida State University. His admission was then declined over academic concerns. Therefore, Brown enrolled at North Carolina Tech Prep. Only playing five games as quarterback, Brown passed for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also rushing for 451 yards and 13 touchdowns. Once he finished this one season, he received a scholarship to play at Florida International University. He was later expelled for altercations with security. Brown then reached out to Central Michigan receiver coach, Butch Jones. After the two talked, Brown received a scholarship to play at Central Michigan.

Brown had a very successful college career at Central Michigan, playing as wide receiver.  with a total of 305 receptions, 3,199 receiving yards, 22 receiving TD’s. 531 yards rushing, and 4 rushing TD’s, these are the best stats anyone has ever put up at that school. On January 7, 2010, he announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. 

The Climax:

The climax in Antonio Brown’s career would definitely have to be when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round. His rookie season he made it all the way to the Super Bowl but lost to the Green Bay Packers.

Antonio Brown was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL throughout the 2010’s. During his time with the Steelers, Brown would have seven Pro-Bowl selections, four All-Pro nods, and four team MVP’s. Brown’s first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed a three-year, $1.28 million contract with a signing bonus of $73,075. Brown made his debut against the Titans, he was also the first player since Steve Smith Sr. to return a kickoff for a touchdown in his first ever career game. 

In his second season, he did well overall, also becoming the first player in history to record 1000 receiving and returning. This was also the very first year that Brown made the Pro Bowl.

Throughout the rest of his career with the Steelers, he was one of the best wide receivers in the whole league, usually making the Pro-Bowl every year.

Overall, Brown’s time with the Steelers was his prime.

The Fall:

After many injures and altercations with the Steelers, Brown was fed up with the team and the quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. He demanded a trade, which led him to being acquired by the Raiders. However,  the Raiders also got fed up with Brown eventually due to his unpredictable nature. At this time in his career, Brown also had many ankle problems and helmet-related trauma. The Raiders cut Brown loose in September 2019 after he posted a release request on Instagram.

This eventually led to the Patriots scooping up Antonio Brown for a 1 year contract before the start of the 2019 season. Brown only played one game before being released due to sexual assault allegations.

Last, Brown was picked up by the Buccaneers but then eventually released. He was released this time due to missing games because he didn’t feel healthy enough to play and misrepresenting his vaccine status. All in all, Brown did not seem to learn from his mistakes on the Steelers or any other team, at that. Brown is a free agent at this point in time with no teams having any interest in Brown.