Antonio Brown

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For the wide receiver born in 1978, see Antonio Brown (wide receiver, born 1978).
Antonio Brown
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Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 84 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Wide receiver
Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-10) July 10, 1988 (age 27)
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
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2015
Receptions: 469
Receiving yards: 6,400
Receiving touchdowns: 33
Return yards: 2,593
Return touchdowns: 4
Stats at

Antonio Brown (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan, 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]

High School Career[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, wide receiver and punt returner 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 41.50 seconds.[5] He spent a prep year in 2006 at North Carolina Tech.[6] In only 5 games his only year ar North Carolina Tech, he passed for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 451 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a returner, he returned 11 kickoffs and 6 punts for touchdowns.[7]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Coming out of high school, applied to Florida State University. His admission would be denied over academic concerns.[8] After a brief stint at Alcorn State Brown began reaching out to Coach Butch Jones of West Virginia , since he was highly recruited by him. After learning that Jones had left West Virginia, Brown began attending Central Michigan where he was a walk-on freshman.[9] Transitioning from his quarterback position in high school, to wide receiver wasn't that difficult for him. After a few weeks, CMU coaches offered him a scholarship. During his first season at Central Michigan, Brown played in 14 games. He played well enough to win the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and was All-Conference as a returner. For his freshman season he had 102 receptions, 1,003 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns.[10][11]

Sophomore season[edit]

Brown started every game during his sophomore season in 2008. Against Temple, he had 3 receptions, 33 receiving yards, and a season high 2 touchdown receptions. On November 28, while playing at Eastern Michigan he had 7 receptions, 1 touchdown, and a season high 172 yards. For the season he amassed 93 receptions, 998 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.[12]

Junior season[edit]

Against Akron, on September 26, 2009, he had 9 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and a season high 2 touchdowns. Throughout the 2009 season he had 5 games with over 100 receiving yards. For his last regular season game on January 6, 2009 against Troy he would have a season high 13 receptions for 178 yards. This would mark the best season, statistically, that Brown would have. He finished 2009 with career highs of 110 receptions, 1,198 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. For his career at Central Michigan, he had 305 receptions, 3,199 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns.[13] On January 7, 2010, he announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[14]

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 4.48 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 [15]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Brown announced on January 7, 2010 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[16] He was selected by the Steelers 195th overall in the 6th round.


On September 19, 2010, 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, only to lose to the Green Bay Packers, 31-25.


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.


On July 28, 2012 Brown signed a 5-year, $42.5 million extension with the Steelers which included an $8.5 million signing bonus.[17] 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.[18]


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

Following back to back breakout seasons for Brown in 2011-2012, and a contract extension the following year, Mike Wallace would leave via free agency after negotiations for a new extension for himself went unanswered. 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. On December 27, 2013, Brown was selected for the Pro Bowl as a receiver and a punt returner. On January 3, 2014, Brown was named to the AP All-Pro team for the first time in his career.


On September 10, 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. In 2014 Brown led the NFL in receptions, yardage, and was tied for second in touchdowns. Brown has extended his record of recording 5 catches for 50 yards to 32 consecutive regular season games. Browns' 2014 campaign saw him best his franchise-record yardage mark of 1,499 yards by gaining 1,698 yards on 129 catches, the highest total of catches in Steelers' history and second in NFL history, to go with a franchise-record 13 receiving touchdowns.


On September 10, 2015 Antonio Brown caught 9 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in the first game of the 2015 NFL season. The following week, Brown caught nine passes for 195 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. This brought his career total to 5,587 yards, good for 200th on the NFL's all time receiving yards list. He also moved past Steelers' legend Lynn Swann on the all-time list. With 108 yards on 11 catches the following week, Brown was #1 in the NFL for receiving yards by a large margin, but that week, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down due to injury, and he was replaced with veteran Michael Vick. Brown remained first on the receiving yards list after week 4, where he only had 5 receptions for 42 yards, but he slipped down to third after he only caught 3 catches for 45 yards. On November 8, 2015, Brown caught a career high 17 receptions against the Oakland Raiders for a career high 284 yards, the ninth most single-game receiving yards. Brown also had 22 yards on 2 rushes.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is the son of retired Arena Football League star Eddie Brown. He has four children; sons Antonio Brown Jr, Autonomy Brown and Ali Brown as well as a daughter Antanyiah Brown.[19] Brown grew up in the Liberty City section of Miami. He says as a youth he lacked guidance. During his senior year of high school, during a 6-month stretch, he moved around, staying on whatever friend`s couches he could find. At one point he even stayed with Norland Assistant, James Upton, during his year at North Carolina Tech Prep. He was so thin in high school that his nickname was "Boney Tony".[20] He is also the cousin to New York Jets wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team G Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD Long
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 16 167 10.4 0 26
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 69 1,108 16.1 2 79T
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 66 787 11.9 5 60T
2013 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 110 1,499 13.6 8 56
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 129 1,698 13.2 13 63T
2015 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 69 1,002 14.5 3 59
Total 79 459 6,261 13.6 31 79T


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  2. ^ "Antonio Brown named All-American". Morning Sun. December 16, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ Central Michigan Chippewas Antonio Brown Stats
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  7. ^ "Antonio Brown Does Almost Everything for Central Michigan". 
  8. ^ "Pittsburgh Steeler's Antonio Brown, Central Michigan walk-on, Dreamed of days like this". 
  9. ^ "Antonio Brown Does Everything for Central Michigan". 
  10. ^ "Pittsburgh Steeler's Antonio Brown, Central Michigan walk-on, Dreamed of days like this". 
  11. ^ " Antonio Brown Stats". 
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  14. ^ "Antonio Brown to Enter NFL Draft". 
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  16. ^ Central Michigan's Brown leaves for NFL
  17. ^ Florio, Mike (July 27, 2012). "Steelers ink Antonio Brown to long-term deal". Pro Football Talk (NBC Sports). Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "League fines Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown $10K". National Football League. November 4, 2012. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ Greg Bishop, "Receiver Brown Making Key Plays for Steelers", The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011.
  20. ^ "Pittsburgh Steeler's Antonio Brown, Central Michigan walk-on, Dreamed of days like this". 

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