Antonio Brown has had quite the complicated yet successful path to stardom in the NFL. As a newly acquired wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Antonio Brown has built a reputation as one of the best players in the NFL, and one of the hardest to coach. Entering his ninth season in the league, the longevity of his highly successful career was threatened by a number of distractions from almost retiring over a helmet to far more serious issues like the three recent allegations of sexual assault. Just a few games into the 2019 NFL season, Antonio Brown announced that he would never play in the NFL again. Over the last decade he’s been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times, and has lead the league in receiving TD’s, receiving yards, and receptions while he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Antonio Brown was born on July 10, 1988 in Liberty City, Miami. His father Eddie Brown played indoor football for the AFL, and was named as the best player in the league’s game history. Antonio Brown got interested in sports as well, spending his high school years earning all-state recognitions in both track and field and football. For college, Brown first attended North Carolina Prep where he actually played quarterback. Following a somewhat impressive season at North Carolina Prep, Antonio Brown transferred to Central Michigan where he went on to earn the American Conference Freshman of the Year award. In 2010 Antonio Brown entered the NFL Draft and was selected in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first month into his NFL rookie season, the team knew he was a special player after he had an 89-yard punt return against the Titans. Later that season the Steelers went on to play the Greenbay Packers in the Superbowl, but ended up losing the game. During his second season, Antonio Brown became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. That year would also mark his first Pro Bowl selection. At the top of his third year in the league, Brown was named as one of the starting WR’s, filling the role with promise. Brown’s relationship with Ben Rothlesburger continued to blossom, as he caught for 1,500 yards and was named to the AP All-Pro team. In 2015, he set two NFL records of the most receptions in a two-year span and the most receptions in a three-year span, but his relationships began to experience turmoil. After multiple arguments with Ben Rothlesburger, skipping practices, and being benched for the final game of the 2018 season, Brown expressed his dissatisfaction with his role on the Steelers and requested a trade. He landed at the Oakland Raiders.
Before the 2019 football season kicked off, there was trouble among the Oakland Raiders and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown missed a number of training camp practices after suffering from frostbite during a cryotherapy session gone wrong. But that was just the first of many woes that were coming next. Soon after the news of the frostbite incident broke, Brown filed a grievance to wear his old helmet that was now banned by the NFL, but that grievance was denied, twice. These disputes led to Antonio Brown getting a helmet endorsement deal with Xenith, flipping the situation once again in his favor. While Raiders head coach Jon Gruden appeared to side with Brown, GM Mike Mayock went to the press claiming that it was time for Brown to either be all in or all out. The two then got into a heated argument during practice, which resulted in the release of Antonio Brown. Right after his release, he signed to the New England Patriots. Days later, he was accused of rape and sexual assualt. In early September of 2019, Antonio Brown’s former friend and trainer Britney Taylor filed a report claiming that she had been sexually assaulted by Antonio Brown on three seperate occasions from 2017-2018, with the last interaction resulting in rape. A week later, two more reports of sexual assault surfaced from an anonymous woman who Brown apparently hired for work, saying that Brown approached her naked while she worked. Once Brown’s second accuser reported that he sent her menacing texts after the news broke, Antonio Brown was cut by the Patriots. He then took to Twitter to announce that he’ll never play in the NFL again. Instead, he enrolled at Central Michigan University once again.