Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger draws high praise from Antonio Brown
It was well documented that Antonio Brown did not leave the Pittsburgh Steelers on good terms. At the least, he still has not forgotten about the players who helped him succeed while in Pittsburgh, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 5 home matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Brown set another receptions record in his notable career. He became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions, as he managed to do so in 143 career games. This record was previously held by long-time Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison (149 games).
After the Buccaneers’ win over the Dolphins, Brown took some time to reflect on the milestone, where he lauded not only Tom Brady but also Roethlisberger for helping him reach this grand record.
“That’s something I’m really grateful for, but I couldn’t have done it by myself,” Brown said. “Being able to play with some great quarterbacks — Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady — it’s a blessing to play with guys like that and to be able to get the ball, be on that trajectory.”
Brown had a sour relationship with Roethlisberger over his final season in Pittsburgh. This carried over even after Brown’s departure from the team, where he often called out Roethlisberger on social media. This included the infamous Twitter tirade in December 2019 when Brown labeled the Steelers quarterback as a “loser.”
In February 2020, Brown did issue an apology to Roethlisberger, as the veteran wideout noted on Instagram that he never realized “how good” he had it while in Pittsburgh.
One can not forget the grand chemistry that the two had during their run together with the Steelers. From the six straight 100-plus reception seasons to the multitude of key plays in the playoffs, Brown emerged as one of the more complete wide receivers of the 2010s while with Roethlisberger.
The two have now moved on, with Roethlisberger now in the latter stages of his career in the NFL and Brown currently in his second year with Tampa Bay.