Both wide outs came into the league in 2010, with Pittsburgh drafting Sanders in the third round and later selecting Brown in the fifth round. While Sanders was certainly a fine receiver during his time with the Steelers, he was not on Brown's level, and Sanders said that Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert made sure to let him know that when he ended up signing with the Denver Broncos in March 2014:
“The Steelers offered me a crappy deal. They offered me three years, $9 million, $1 million guaranteed,” Sanders said on 104.3 The Fan. “I’ll never forget when they offered me the deal, I declined the deal, I went into Kevin Colbert’s office and said, ‘I don’t want to take the deal.’ He looks at me and he goes, ‘Who do you think you are, Antonio Brown?’ I wanted to say, ‘F-you.’ I’ll never forget that.”
To be fair, Sanders was coming off of a season in which he caught 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns, and while they were solid numbers, they were hardly elite.
But, it seems safe to say that Sanders got the last laugh, as he has gone on to make two Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Broncos, and, most importantly, he won a Super Bowl during the 2015 campaign, which is something the Steelers have yet to do since Sanders entered the league.