In an interview last week with 93.7 The Fan, Brown gave what could be considered an apology to the Steelers. He listed out several people in which he did not act properly including head coach Mike Tomlin, General Manager Kevin Colbert, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Whether or not Brown actually apologized to Roethenberger was open to interpretation. But after Wednesday’s Instagram post, there is no denying an apology was intended.
In his nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, all 78 receiving touchdowns Brown tallied came through the air from Ben Roethlisberger. Even though he only appeared in one game in 2019, Brown still has more receiving touchdowns than any other play in the NFL since the 2014 season. Over his final five years in the Steel City, Brown had 63 receiving touchdowns including the post season.
Even though Roethlisberger played six seasons in Pittsburgh before Brown was drafted in the sixth round in 2010, almost 20% of Roethlisberger‘s touchdown throws had Brown on the receiving end. Despite their differences, there is no arguing their production on the field during their time together.
With Roethlisberger only lasting six quarters before his season-ending elbow injury in 2019, it would have been difficult for the two to add to the touchdown totals in 2019 even if Brown had not forced his way Pittsburgh. Instead, Brown never set foot on the field for a regular-season game for the Oakland Raiders and appeared in only one game for the New England Patriots where he had one touchdown on four receptions.
As with all social media posts, it is unsure whether or not Brown is the actual author of what was said. And if Antonio Brown is really interested in apologizing to Ben Roethlisberger, I’m sure he still has his number in order to reach out. So was this apology really meant for Roethlisberger or more for Brown’s followers and his desire to get back into the NFL? We may never know his exact motives. But for now, perhaps Brown is experiencing some personal change in his life as he works through his many issues with which he’s been struggling. Hopefully this latest apology is part of his personal healing process and not just another stunt to revive his NFL career.