In just five seasons, Antonio Brown has put up numbers that rival Hall of Fame receivers.
In 2015, Brown could rack up numbers that are rivaled by no one.
Brown's total production over the last two years is among the best consecutive seasons by any wide receiver, ever. Brown's 129-catch, 1,698-yard, 13 touchdown season in 2014 gave him a two-year total of 229 catches for 3,197 yards with 21 touchdowns. Those numbers are better on par with the most productive receivers in NFL history that includes that likes of Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss.
In 1994 and '95, Carter recorded 244 catches for 2,627 yards with 24 touchdowns. Throw in his stats from '96 and Carter produced 340 catches for 3,790 yards 34 touchdowns over that span. The same two seasons, Rice totaled 234 catches for 3,347 yards with 28 touchdowns. Add in his numbers from the 1993 season and Rice totaled 332 catches for 4,850 yards with 43 touchdowns during his greatest three-year statistical stretch.
In 2001 and '02, Harrison tallied a whopping 252 catches for 3,246 yards with 26 touchdowns. He caught 354 passes for 4,659 yards with 40 touchdowns when you throw in what he did in 2000. In 2002 and '03, Moss totaled 217 catches for 2,979 yards with 24 scores. He tallied 299 catches for 4,212 yards with 34 touchdowns when including his production from 2001.And while his catch and yardage total wasn't as high, Moss recorded a staggering 47 touchdowns from 2007-09.
With the exception of Moss, the other great receivers' best seasons took place when they were late 20s and early 30s, meaning that at age 26, Brown's best seasons are most likely still ahead of him. If Brown averages in 2015 what he averaged in 2013 and '14, he'll have 344 catches for 4,796 yards and 32 touchdowns over the last three years, numbers that rival any of the greatest three-year runs ever put together. Armed with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the peak of his powers, All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell keeping defenses honest and with the emergence of the Steelers others receivers, Brown should have even more room to flourish in 2015.
Of all those prolific receiving seasons, only Rice's 1994 season helped produce a Super Bowl victory. Rice capped off his stellar season with a ten-catch, 149-yard, three touchdown effort in San Francisco's 49-26 win over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. In all sports, a player's legacy is ultimately defined by championships. That's what separates Rice (three rings), Michael Irvin (three rings) from the rest of the greatest receivers of all-time. While they didn't accumulate mind-boggling regular season statistics, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth's heroics in Super Bowl play etched their names in NFL lore while giving them busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hopefully, Brown can join that elite class by spearheading a Pittsburgh Super Bowl run, and in the process cement his place among the game's all-time best receivers.