Some might say the best wide receiver in the NFL technically isn’t even in the league. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, serving an eight-game suspension, is returning to the NFL. ESPN has reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Brown have agreed to a one-year deal. No matter how well Brown has been or good he may turn out to be, he is very unlikely to ever touch his father’s football record.
Antonio Brown’s NFL career
There is no doubt Antonio Brown is one of the most, if not the most, talented wide receivers in the NFL. This biggest question is, can he stay on the field? With Brown reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, he has now been with three teams since 2019 and has played in one game.
Brown attended Central Michigan and was a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown played the first nine years with the Steelers before wearing out his welcome. During his time in Pittsburgh, however, Brown was a seven-time Pro Bowler who established himself as one of the game’s best wide receivers.
For six straight seasons, Brown had 100-plus receptions in a season. Twice, he led the league in catches, including an eye-popping and career-high 136 in 2015. Brown also led the league in touchdown receptions in 2018 with 15. He has 75 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Brown’s off-the-field issues
In July, the NFL suspended Antonio Brown for off-the-field issues that violated the league’s personal conduct policy. He isn’t allowed to return to the league until after Week 8. Brown has had multiple off-the-field issues and run-ins with the NFL.
He has been investigated by the league for a sexual misconduct issue at his house back in 2017. Brown also was involved in an incident with a moving company. In that case, he pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery charge and two lesser misdemeanor charge, according to ESPN.
Brown then went on a social media rant when he called the NFL racist. After Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders, a team he never actually played for, he signed with the New England Patriots. Brown and then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hooked up for a touchdown in the only game he played for with New England. His stint with the Patriots lasted 11 days and he hasn’t played since.
Brown will never touch his father’s football mark
Although Antonio Brown is back in the league and will be reunited with Tom Brady, he’s not likely to ever touch his father’s receiving mark. Brown’s father, Eddie Brown, had himself quite a career in the Arena Football League. More specifically, he had one incredible game as a member of the Indiana Firebirds, scoring 54 points by himself as a wide receiver.
According to the Indy Star, Brown was voted the greatest player in league history after his 10-year career. He once scored nine touchdowns in one game. After the game, he shocked his kids by lighting up a cigar for the first time in his life. “My kids looked at me like I was crazy when I lit up,” said Eddie Brown. “I told them, ‘When you score nine touchdowns, it’s okay to smoke.'”
“He knew he couldn’t be stopped,” Jeff Loots, who used to play quarterback for the Firebirds, told Bleacher Report in 2017. “And everybody that covered him knew that he couldn’t be stopped.”