When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against the San Francisco 49ers at Heinz Field Sunday, wide receiver Antonio Brown will be looking to add his name to a pretty impressive list in NFL history. All it will take is one reception, and considering Brown's record of games with at least 5 receptions for 50 yards stretches well over 2 seasons, him going on a sudden drought seems rather unlikely.
The list which Brown will become a part of is one of the fastest players to 400 receptions. In fact, with just a single reception Sunday Brown will tie Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. with taking 72 games to reach the 400 reception milestone.
Brown has shown it doesn't matter what opposing defenses do, in terms of game planning, to try and stop him. Weekly defenses roll coverage to Brown's side, bracket him with a high/low style defensive system and even force Brown to beat double coverage on a regular basis.
The New England Patriots threw everything and the kitchen sink at Brown in Week 1, and he still was able to have 9 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Just another day at the office for No. 84, but when talking to his teammates you get a feel for why he is so unstoppable.
"Best receiver in the world," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
Extremely high praise from a player who has been around some extremely talented receivers in his time in the NFL. As for Brown's place on the Steelers' all-time receptions list, he has a long way to go to reach Heath Miller at 540 receptions (and counting), and an eternity to catch Hines Ward with 1,000 reception. However, if there is a player who has shown the ability and consistency to reach Ward, it would be Brown.
Brown will look to prove his worth again on Sunday, but this time in front of the electric Heinz Field home crowd for the team's 2015 regular season opener.