The Pittsburgh Steelers’ history has been filled with many amazing receivers that have dominated the game while on the field. By the end of his career, where might Antonio Brown line up among the greats?
With the recent news breaking that the Steelers have every intention to sign wide receiver Antonio Brown to a longterm deal before his contract is up, it’s a good time to think about the future of his career.
At 27 years old, Antonio Brown is already one of, if not the best receiver in the game. In recent years, he has dominated opposing offenses, proving to any doubters that he can compete with the best of the best, and beat them.
In 3 consecutive seasons, Brown has amassed over 110 receptions and 1500 yards every year. Hines Ward, often considered the all time best receiver in Pittsburgh history, only had one season with over 100 receptions, and never broke 1500 yards once.
If Brown continues his current pace of around 120 receptions a year, and 1500 receiving yards, and played in the league as long as Ward did, he would finish with around 17600 receiving yards and 1360 receptions, which would be by far the most in Steeler history out of any player.
Just 6 years into the league, Brown is 4th in Steeler history for receptions, and 3rd in receiving yards, having already passed players like Lynn Swann, Heath Miller, Louis Lipps, and is only a good season away from passing John Stallworth in both categories.
It’s definitely true that you can’t always compare stats and declare a better player. The league has become a pass dominant league, and stats don’t always tell the story. With that being said, there is no doubt the dominance that Brown has brought to the table since being selected 195th overall in 2010.
Antonio Brown can best any cornerback in the game. He’s proven that throughout his successful career, and a prime example was Week 15 this year when he scored twice against a cornerback, Chris Harris Jr. who hadn’t allowed a touchdown in 2 whole years.
If Brown does play his entire career out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he could easily go down as one of the best receivers in the team’s long history. He’s on his way to a career full of excitement, and a ticket to Canton if he keeps it up.
Having placed close to Marvin Harrison‘s reception record two years in a row now, it wouldn’t be surprising if he finished his career with a few records on his belt. Brown is undoubtably one of the best in the game today, and has the potential to sit on the Pittsburgh pedestal with the likes of Ward, Stallworth, Swann, and the many other greats.
Let’s hope he has a career with Pittsburgh filled with amazing plays, beautiful catches, and a whole lot of dances in the endzone.