Antonio Brown created yet another interesting headline. This time, he was involved in an altercation with a Tennessee Titans player during a joint training camp practice hosted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Joint practices are a great way for teams to get some live action against NFL players other than their own teammates. Fights are commonplace, though, and this time, it was no different.
Leonard Fournette provided the post-fight commentary.
Leonard Fournette gives Antonio Brown the title
The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud gave live analysis of the altercation on Twitter. Brown got into it with Titans cornerback Chris Jackson during a one-on-one drill, ripping the second-year player’s helmet off.
A scuffle ensued, and the Bucs wideout was able to land a clean punch to Jackson’s face. Teammates and coaches intervened, and the two players were separated. The veteran left practice but later returned to resume seven-on-seven drills.
As soon as the details of the fight emerged, social media was in a frenzy. Brown’s Buccaneers teammate Leonard Fournette chimed in with his reaction to the dust-up. In the video, the running back channeled his inner Michael Buffer. Behind the camera, he said, “In the black corner we have … the heavyweight champ!” Brown, Fournette, and other teammates burst out in laughter.
The fight happened. The players can’t go back and change the narrative. Instead, they shared a laugh about it and can move on with the rest of the preseason.
After his football career is over, Fournette has future in comedy
Fournette’s ring announcer skills were put to the test, and he passed with flying colors. The LSU product also took to Twitter, and the post is absolute gold.
This isn’t the first time Fournette has given us a memorable comedic moment either. The Buccaneers were celebrating their Super Bowl victory at the parade in Tampa Bay. The former Jacksonville Jaguar live-tweeted the entire event, providing high-quality entertainment.
He made a reference to Jason Pierre-Paul‘s fingers on Twitter, joking that the Florida heat led him to believe JPP’s fingers were all intact. Fournette also posted a graphic showing his evolution from “Playoff Lenny” to “Super Bowl Lenny” to “Lombardi Lenny.”
There were several moments just like that. Tom Brady wasn’t the only player keeping the party going. The 26-year-old is entering his fifth NFL season, so there’s likely plenty of football to still be played. If it doesn’t work out, comedy could be a decent fallback option for the running back.
Brown and Fournette are poised for big roles in the Bucs’ quest to repeat
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Buccaneers have a target on their back. The team returns the majority of its key contributors from 2020, including Fournette and Brown.
Head coach Bruce Arians employed a committee approach in the backfield, and Fournette was not utilized like he was during his first three seasons in Jacksonville. He did score nine touchdowns between the regular season and playoffs, however, and should serve as Tampa Bay’s primary goal-line back in 2021.
Antonio Brown played in eight games for the Buccaneers in 2021. The seven-time Pro Bowler caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. After developing chemistry with Tom Brady, he’s ready to step into an even bigger role in year two.
The intensity in training camp shows the players are locked in and ready to defend their coveted title.
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