Antonio Brown’s Comeback to the NFL


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Jake Radin, Staff Writer

It all started with a dirty hit in a playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 9, 2016.

In the closing minutes of the game, Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict delivered a nasty head-to-head blow to Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown. After this hit, Antonio Brown began a series of antics that would see him fall from one of the league’s best wide receivers to an untouchable asset.

People believe that the hit caused him Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which can cause mood swings and impulsive behavior.

JI senior Marvin Matthews, who played wide receiver for the Trojans and will play next year at Livingstone College in N.C. said, “I feel as if it is kinda true because everything was normal until after that hit because a lot was going on in that game. He was arguing about a lot of dumb stuff after the hit, he got a concussion and had to sit out. They were worrying about his health but he was mad. They were just looking out for his safety.”

In 2019, Brown requested to be traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was eventually dealt to the Oakland Raiders. He cited problems with other teammates as his reasons and was very public about these problems.

After being traded to the Raiders Brown requested to be released after only a few weeks.
This is where his antics went up a notch as he made a very public and disruptive departure.

Brown became a villain in the media as he developed frostbite and said he wouldn’t practice or play without a certain kind of helmet. These antics eventually forced the Raiders to release him.

He then went to the Patriots where again he was having problems and got released after one game. After being cut, Brown faced rape allegations that only further derailed his career

Then in 2020 he signed a one year contract with Tampa. That season he got 45 receptions for 4 touchdowns and 483 yards, including one touch down in the Super Bowl.