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Steelers News: Is Antonio Brown having a change of heart?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at whether Antonio Brown’s sporadic behavior on social media has him thinking about a change of heart. You know, coming back to the Steelers next season rather than requesting/demanding a trade away from the team who drafted him into the league.

Let’s get to the news:

Tim Benz: Has Antonio Brown changed his mind about Pittsburgh?

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Has Antonio Brown changed his mind about wanting to stay in Pittsburgh?

The Steelers wide receiver continues to show that he is not bipolar. He’s tripolar. Maybe quadpolar — if that’s a thing.

If it isn’t yet, it will be as soon as Brown is diagnosed.

Now — after weeks of turning his nose up at the Steelers and pandering to the Packers and 49ers fan bases — Brown is pleading for acceptance from Steelers fans again.

I’m going to assume A.B. meant “SteelerNation RT (retweet) if u WANT AB in Pittsburgh.” But perhaps he was too busy grooming his blonde mustache to pay attention to his syntax.

Regardless of his insubordination at the end of the 2018 season, that tweet still got 31,000 retweets and 20,000 likes at the time of this post.

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Steelers’ ‘perfect catch’ turns 10: When Santonio Holmes won a Super Bowl

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

After Larry Fitzgerald split a sea of Pittsburgh Steelers defenders to give the Arizona Cardinals the lead with 2:37 left in Super Bowl XLIII, Santonio Holmes told himself he wouldn’t be denied again.

He thought of missed opportunities in his football career, from underwhelming performances in meaningful high school games to redshirting during Ohio State’s 2002 national championship season.

He had to be the difference this time, so he walked up to his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who was positioned close to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and tapped him on the hip.

”I said, ‘[No.] 7, I want the ball right now,’” Holmes, 34, recalled of his words before the game-winning drive. “‘No disrespect to the other guys. I want the ball.’ He never said anything. He just threw it to me.”

Ten years ago Friday, Holmes made a play that will forever live in black-and-gold folklore. The freeze frame says it all: Holmes tapping his two feet on the Cardinal-painted end zone as three defenders closed in, securing the ball while bracing for the fall out of bounds from the far corner.

Roethlisberger delivered the kind of throw that inspires shoe ads. The brilliant 6-yard touchdown with 42 seconds left gave the Steelers a 27-23 lead, secured their sixth world championship and changed Holmes’ life forever.

”Millions are watching you. What are you going to do now?” Holmes said about his mentality before the play. “You didn’t ask God to put you in this place for you not to do what you were supposed to do.

”This won’t break me. This will make me. Legends never die.”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tops NFLPA’s merchandise sales list

By: Associated Press

Who’s No. 1 in football?

When it comes to merchandise sales, who else but Tom Brady?

According to the NFL Players Association Top 50 Player Sales List, based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March-November 2018 -- the most updated survey available -- the quarterback ranks ahead of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. Brady leads New England into a Super Bowl for the ninth time on Sunday.

The list includes NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees. Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts; player murals; collectible figures; matted and framed photos; bobbleheads; drinkware; calendars; puzzles; and holiday ornaments.

The next two players on the list are Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley and Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, followed by three quarterbacks: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz, and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.

Rounding out the top 10 are Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack, the only defensive player on the list.