Since entering the NFL, Antonio Brown has established himself as one of the best wide receiver talents that the league has seen. Brown rose to stardom behind his hard work on the field despite being a late-round draft pick as he made his mark with his stellar performance on the field. Although he’s currently not in the NFL, Brown has made a strong statement about himself that has caught the attention of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.
Antonio Brown’s stellar career
In his first nine seasons in the NFL, Brown put an impressive start to his career that has seen him set several all-time marks along the way.
Brown is the third-fastest player to reach 10,00 receiving yards while his six straight years with at least 100 receptions is the most in NFL history, and that feature overall in a career is tied for most with Brandon Marshall. In total, he has seven seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards while pushing his career total to 841 receptions, 11,263 receiving yards, and 75 touchdowns.
He has been an absolute juggernaut beyond just his numbers as he has seven Pro Bowl selections, four First-Team All-Pro nods, a Second-Team All-Pro selection, led the league in receiving yards twice, and led the NFL in receptions on two occasions.
Although Brown is currently on the outside looking into the NFL, it hasn’t stopped him from making a proclamation about himself that could draw some apprehension from Brady.
Antonio Brown’s strong claim
Brown’s first nine years in the league saw him blow entirely past the expectations of a former sixth-round pick in the NFL draft. He went from being a role player to becoming one of the best wide receivers in the league.
With that in mind, Brown took to social media on Wednesday morning to voice that he is the greatest sixth-round pick of all-time. That quickly made its rounds on social media to those pointing to another former sixth-round pick in New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady holding that mantel.
The 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft has put together an illustrious career that many have labeled him as being arguably the greatest player of all-time. Beyond his six Super Bowl wins, he is a four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL MVP, 14-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and three-time First-Team All-Pro selection.
Brady also owns numerous NFL records such as most wins by a quarterback (217), most career passing yards with one team (70,514), most playoff wins (30), most conference title game wins (nine), most division titles (16), and most Super Bowl wins (six). Brady’s resume is simply hard to argue otherwise at this point.
NFL future ahead of Tom Brady, Antonio Brown
Beyond arguing who is the greatest sixth-round draft pick, the more significant question at this juncture is the NFL future for both of these all-time great players. Brady is currently in his 20th season in the league, with there being some lingering questions about his long-term future with the franchise.
Although there is some uncertainty about his future with the Patriots beyond this season, it’s clear that he still wants to play in the NFL. Brady is once again proving to be more than a serviceable quarterback at his age while helping guide New England to contend for yet another Super Bowl.
Things have taken a steeper path for Brown as he remains without a team due to his decision-making off the field. The 31-year-old is under investigation by the league due to the two sexual misconduct charges that he faces. Until those issues are resolved, it’s hard to imagine he will be back in the NFL anytime soon.