Steelers WR Antonio Brown mentoring Browns rookie Antonio Callaway
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has not done the Cleveland Browns too many favors during his several encounters against them on the field. But Brown is doing his AFC North rivals a big favor off the field by helping out one of their rookies.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Brown has been mentoring incoming rookie receiver and fellow Miami native Antonio Callaway, Cleveland’s fourth-round pick out of Florida who has had his share of off-field problems.
The two got in touch via Twitter and have since formed a strong relationship. Brown has helped Callaway work out and watch tape. He was even present during Callaway’s draft party.
“He has a special affinity for the kids that are from here,” Callaway’s agent, Malki Kaha, said of the relationship with Brown. “He’s showing him not only what it takes to be a pro, but be one of the best.”
Callaway had several concerning incidents during college and the draft process which contributed in him falling all the way down to Day 3 in the draft despite his talent. He was suspended for the 2017 season for allegedly using stolen credit card data. He was investigated for sexual assault, although he was eventually cleared of that allegation in 2016. He also failed a drug test at the NFL Combine due to a diluted sample.
The Browns have their history with talented but troubled wide receivers (Josh Gordon), and that has been a bumpy ride to say the least. But if Brown’s mentorship can get Callaway on the straight and narrow, he’d be another interesting addition to a Cleveland receiving corps that also features Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and Corey Coleman.