Antonio Brown (wide receiver, born 1988)

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Antonio Brown
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Antonio Brown during a game in 2012
No. 84     Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receiver / Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-10) July 10, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Norland
College: Central Michigan
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Debuted in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x First-team All-American (2008, 2009)
  • 2x MAC Special Teams Player of the Year (2008, 2009)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (2011)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Team MVP (2011, 2013)
  • Pro Bowl (2011, 2013)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013)
  • AFC Champion (2010)
  • First NFL player to have 1,000 yards returning and receiving in a same season[1]
  • Most receiving yards in single season by a Steeler
  • First NFL player to record 5 catches and 50 yards receiving or more in every game of an NFL season
  • One of three NFL players ever to record 5 catches in every game of an NFL season
  • First NFL player to record at least 5 catches and 50 receiving yards in 20 consecutive games
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2014
Receptions 349
Receiving yards 4,722
Receiving TDs 24
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Brown (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Central Michigan University where he was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News as a punt returner in 2008 and 2009.[2] In his junior year, Brown hauled in 110 receptions for 1,498 yards and 9 touchdowns while helping lead the Central Michigan Chippewas to its second Mid-American Conference championship in three years and a Top 25 finish in the nation in the final January 2010 AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. [3] [4]

Early years[edit]

Brown attended Miami Norland High School in Miami, Florida, where he was a two-sport athlete in both football and track. In football, Brown played running back, quarterback and wide receiver for the Vikings, and ran for 451 yards with 13 touchdowns, while he also threw for 1,247 yards and 11 scores in just five games. He was a two-time Class 6A all-state selection, and was also named North Athlete of the Year at 2005 Miami-Dade Gridiron Classic. In track & field, Brown was a two-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash, and also ran the fourth leg on the Norland 4x100 m relay squad, helping them capture the state title at 41.96 seconds.[5] He spent a prep year in 2006 at North Carolina Tech.[6]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10⅛ in 186 lb 4.56 s 1.56 s 2.61 s 4.18 s 6.98 s 33½ in 8 ft 9 in 13 reps
All results from the 2010 NFL Combine [7]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Brown announced on January 7, 2010 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[8] He was selected by the Steelers 195th overall in the 6th round.

2010[edit]

On September 11, against the Tennessee Titans, Brown made his regular season debut and had 128 yards on 3 returns (2 kickoffs, 1 punt), including an 89-yard touchdown from a reverse on the first play of the game. In the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, Brown caught a 58 yard pass on 3rd & 19 from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to set up the game-winning touchdown. The following week in the AFC Championship against the New York Jets, at the two-minute warning, Brown caught a 14 yard pass on 3rd & 6, sealing the victory for Pittsburgh as they advanced to Super Bowl XLV.

2011[edit]

On October 30, 2011, Brown caught his first pro touchdown on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. On December 4, 2011, Brown returned his first punt return for a touchdown against the Bengals, and was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. In 2011, Brown became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. For his efforts, Brown was selected as a punt returner for the Pro Bowl.

2012[edit]

On July 28, 2012 Brown signed a 5-year, $42.5 million extension with the Steelers which included an $8.5 million signing bonus.[9] On November 4, 2012, Brown was fined $10,000 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct when he ran backwards for the final 20 yards of a punt return touchdown against the Washington Redskins.[10]

2013[edit]

Brown being pursued by Coty Sensabaugh in a 2013 game against the Tennessee Titans.

On December 22, 2013, Brown broke Yancey Thigpen's team record of 1,398 receiving yards set in 1997. Brown also became only the second Steeler to amass at least 100 receptions in a season, joining former teammate Hines Ward. On December 29, he, along with Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins, tied Jimmy Smith as the only players to record at least five receptions in every single game of an NFL season in a win against the Browns, all while becoming the only receiver in NFL history to ever record five receptions for at least 50 yards in every single game of an NFL season. Brown's 2013 campaign has been regarded as, arguably, the greatest season in Steelers' history for a receiver. On December 27, 2013, Brown was selected for the Pro Bowl as a receiver and a punt returner. On January 3rd, 2013, Brown was named to the AP All-Pro team for the first time in his career.

2014[edit]

On September 7, 2014, Brown returned a punt against the Cleveland Browns. During the return, Brown jumped, then kicked the Cleveland Browns' punter Spencer Lanning, in the face. Brown later apologized, claiming it was an accident. On September 11, 2014, Brown was fined $8,200 for kicking the punter. On October 20, 2014, Brown threw his first career touchdown pass, a 3-yard pass to Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is the son of retired Arena Football League star Eddie Brown, whom Brown regards as a great influence on his life and game. Brown grew up in Miami. He has one son, Antonio Brown Jr. [11]

Career statistics[edit]

Team Season G Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD Long
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 9 16 167 10.4 0 26
Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 16 69 1,108 16.1 2 79T
Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 13 66 787 11.9 5 60T
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 16 110 1,499 13.6 8 56
Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 9 71 996 14.0 8 54

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