Months after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at midseason, Antonio Brown made his presence known at Super Bowl LV. He caught five passes in the game—second most on the Bucs roster—for 22 yards and a touchdown from Tom Brady.
The touchdown comes after an extremely tumultuous couple of years for Brown, which saw him leave the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he became the NFL’s best wide receiver, get cut by the Oakland Raiders before playing a regular season game, play one game with Brady for the New England Patriots, and then get released again after credible accusations of rape by a former college classmate and trainer.
The worst of the AB experience came after he left Pittsburgh, but he very much forced his way out after years of success alongside Ben Roethlisberger and under Mike Tomlin. After eight very successful seasons, Brown became a serious issue for the team in his final year, skipping practices, publicly criticizing his future Hall of Fame quarterback, and eventually forcing the trade to the Raiders. Even so, general manager Kevin Colbert took the high road when asked about Brown’s first championship, won with another franchise.
“I was happy for A.B. to win a Super Bowl trophy,” he said during a Monday morning appearance on WDVE, per The Tribune-Review. “That’s something that is unique. Once a player does it, there is nothing else that can compare. When you get that first one, it’s unique and you remember it. Those (ex-Steelers), I know they enjoyed that. That was a special group. And we are happy for all of them.”
Kevin Colbert on WDVE just now:
“I was happy for AB to win a Super Bowl trophy.”
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) February 8, 2021
It probably helps that the end of that tumultuous 2018 season in Pittsburgh feels like a lifetime ago, and Brown has bounced around so much since. The Steelers have clearly moved on, with the Brown situation well in the rearview mirror, and numerous other less dramatic issues to deal with.
Of course, given the severity of the allegations against Brown, which are still yet to be figured out in court, Colbert may be in the minority when it comes to rooting on the wide receiver’s success this weekend.
Antonio Brown, who played eight games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular season, caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns. In the playoffs, he made eight catches for 81 yards and two scores.
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