In the latest Twitter sports debate, we ask the question, who was the better wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers: Antonio Brown or Hines Ward?
There are two questions in this question. At least, that is how it has been answered after the debate sparked on Pittsburgh Steelers twitter yesterday. Who was the better wide receiver, Antonio Brown or Hines Ward?
In regards to those that have been giving their responses, the majority reads that while Brown was the better talent, Ward was the better Steeler receiver. Well, considering the article that you will about to read, Brown was the better WR period, and that’s all that matters. I mean, you would’ve probably just scrolled for the answer, then either dismissed it entirely or expressed your emotions in the comments, but if you want supporting evidence, read below.
Antonio Brown was the better Steelers WR
To not be stubborn, I understand. A 14-year Steelers career that any teammate could look up to, consistently regarded as one of the best at what he does when he played and boasting a Hall of Fame resumé, is nothing to dismiss. Ward has every right of being in this argument, but Brown’s peak was frightening.
What’s even more special about it was that his prime was on a six-year streak and had no sight of decline anywhere. From 2013-2018, Brown remained a straightforward selection to the Pro-Bowl for each of those years (7 in career-total) & was also without a doubt a First-Team All-Pro for four of them. He did this in nine years with the Steelers, as Hines reached the milestone of a Pro-Bowl just four times without an All-Pro. “Business Is Boomin” was no understatement, and Brown “Call[ed] God” 67 times in the endzone.
From 2013 to even counting last season, no other WR, TE, or RB, with at least 100 receptions, has had more touchdowns (68) or catches (690) than AB in that span. Second in yards (9201) to Atlanta Falcons, Julio Jones, Brown also ranked 15th in yards per target (8.90), catching 66.7% of passes.
The production was astronomical. Surpassing 1000+ receiving yards six-times in a row, 1500 for three of them, and 10+ touchdowns for four seasons, AB also managed to reach 15 in one. In comparison to Ward, he was able to provide the same the amount of 1000+ yards season, but never once eclipsed 1500+, and reached double-digit TDs three years in his illustrious career.