Since last season Antonio Brown has been in the light of the media upon many circumstances. The scrutiny faced upon the Wide Receiver has formed hate as well as Love from many fans. Antonio Brown has been labeled as a diva, selfish, and problematic by critics including angry fans. On the other end you see players at all levels, fans, and Coaches who say he is the hardest working player in the league, a team loving guy, and inspirational.
Brown wants what every player wants which is success for his family, team, and his own game. The media frenzy started with Brown’s frustration of wanting to win and his departure from Pittsburgh. AB turned heads of many even grabbing the attention of the NFL front office . Brown used the system where many players believe was how the league abused the care for players.
Through sharing stories, events of what some labeled as all the antics, and much more he put himself into position to get traded and also receive the contract deal he wanted. The NFL does not want players putting themselves in position which gives a player leverage and it gave Brown a lot of hate as well as Respect in others eyes. Now AB approaches this season with a frost bit injury from cryotherapy but Coach Gruden still says that Brown has not taken his foot off the gas.
As he recovers he still trains with his personal training staff in anyway to progress as well as film. Now Brown in another media frenzy is regarding the NFL with his Helmet he wore his whole career that is not approved by regulations to be played in anymore. False sources claimed Brown said that if he could not wear the helmet that he would retire which was said all over many networks but lacked truth.
There has been no video evidence or relating Antonio Brown stating that. Brown stated “I don’t know where they got that, who made that up, either. Why would I retire, man? I’ve got a beautiful career. I’m healthy. I love to play the game. I’m grateful to play the game.” Brown stated that he is “Misunderstood” with all the hate and media stories created due to the helmet situation and many more false information has being presented about him and disrespect toward who he is.
With the league not clearing the helmet AB has went forth still deciding trying new helmets and is excited to be with his teammates. The excitement for the season is so huge and it sheds much light to Browns situation as his team and coaching staff supports him as well. This season with all the shaky views will show the story that started with the Steelers and how it will be in conclusion with the Raiders. Antonio Brown, the inspirational wide receiver with NFL historic statistics is now in the biggest hot seat of his career.
We have seen him time after time come out on top. With many questions and the Raiders who have been in the bottom of Rankings; how will this turn out? The Rise or The Fall? There’s no doubt it will be a show either way considering Brown. The Iconic Wide Receiver is gonna do what he does best. Battling adversity and scrutiny he will rise above all the doubters making big plays when the ball is thrown his way.
It will be an exciting season to see Antonio Brown battling defenses along side his team and the media rising week by week toward greatness.
By: Jay Burley