Antonio Brown

For the wide receiver born in 1978, see Antonio Brown (wide receiver, born 1978).
Antonio Brown

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Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 84Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-10) July 10, 1988
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Gardens (FL) Miami Norland
College: Central Michigan
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Receptions: 608
Receiving yards: 8,091
Receiving touchdowns: 48
Total return yards: 2,721
Return touchdowns: 5
Player stats at

Antonio Brown (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Central Michigan University, where he earned All-American honors in 2008 and 2009 as a punt returner. Brown was selected 195th overall by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

High school career

Miami Norland High School

Brown attended Miami Norland High School in Miami, Florida, where he was a two-sport athlete in both football and track. In football, Brown played running back, quarterback, wide receiver and punt returner for the Vikings, and ran for 451 yards with 13 touchdowns, while he threw for 1,247 yards and 11 scores in just five games. He was a two-time Class 6A all-state selection, and was also named North Athlete of the Year at 2005 Miami-Dade Gridiron Classic. In track & field, Brown was a two-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash, and also ran the fourth leg on the Norland 4 × 100 m relay squad, helping them capture the state title at 41.50 seconds.[1] He spent a prep year in 2006 at North Carolina Tech.[2] In only 5 games his only year ar North Carolina Tech, he passed for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 451 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a returner, he returned 11 kickoffs and 6 punts for touchdowns.[3]

North Carolina Tech Prep

Coming out of high school, Brown applied to Florida State University. His admission would be denied over academic concerns.[4] After attempting to attend Alcorn State, he decided to enroll at North Carolina Tech. Once he finished his season playing quarterback at North Carolina, he received a scholarship to play at Florida International University but was expelled before the season for an altercation with security.[5] Antonio Brown then began reaching out to Coach Butch Jones of West Virginia, since he was highly recruited by him. After learning that Jones had left West Virginia, Brown began attending Central Michigan, where he was a walk-on freshman.[6]

College career

Brown began attending Central Michigan in 2007 after Central Michigan wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni reached out to him and told him he could fly to Michigan, try out for the team, and attempt to walk on. Transitioning from his quarterback position in high school to wide receiver wasn't that difficult for him. After a few weeks, CMU coaches offered him a scholarship. Brown had difficulty with the college lifestyle and being on time for meetings and practice. Azzanni and his wife helped him get situated and established with it and he soon became a part of their family. During his first season at Central Michigan, Brown played in 14 games. He played well enough to win the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and was All-Conference as a returner. For his freshman season he had 102 receptions, 1,003 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns.[4][7]

Brown started every game during his sophomore season in 2008. Against Temple, he had 3 receptions, 33 receiving yards, and a season high 2 touchdown receptions. On November 28, while playing at Eastern Michigan he had 7 receptions, 1 touchdown, and a season high 172 yards. For the season he amassed 93 receptions, 998 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.[7]

Against Akron, on September 26, 2009, he had 9 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and a season high 2 touchdowns. Throughout the 2009 season he had 5 games with over 100 receiving yards. For his last regular season game on January 6, 2010 against Troy he would have a season high 13 receptions for 178 yards. This would mark the best season, statistically, that Brown would have. He finished 2009 with career highs of 110 receptions, 1,198 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. For his career at Central Michigan, he had 305 receptions, 3,199 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns.[7] On January 7, 2010, he announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[8]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10⅛ in 186 lb31 in9 in 4.48 s 1.56 s 2.61 s 4.18 s 6.98 s 33½ in 8 ft 9 in 13 reps
All results from the 2010 NFL Combine [9]

Brown announced on January 7, 2010, that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[10] He was selected by the Steelers 195th overall in the 6th round. He picked the jersey number 84, which he explained: "Eight times four is 32. Thirty-two teams looked past me, even the Steelers. So every time I go out there it’s a little added motivation."[11]


On September 19, 2010, against the Tennessee Titans, Brown made his regular season debut and had 128 yards on 3 returns (2 kickoffs, 1 punt), including an 89-yard touchdown from a reverse on the first play of the game. On October 3, 2010, Brown made his first career catch for 6-yards during a 14–17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. During a Week 17 contest against the Cleveland Browns, Brown made a season-high 4 catches for 52-yards. In the AFC North Divisional Playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, Brown caught a 58-yard pass on 3rd & 19 from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to set up the game-winning touchdown. He finished his first playoff game with a season-high 75-yards on 3 receptions. The following week in the AFC Championship against the New York Jets, at the two-minute warning, Brown caught a 14-yard pass on 3rd & 6, sealing the victory for Pittsburgh. During the Steelers 31–25 Super Bowl XLV loss to the Green Bay Packers, Brown only made one catch for a yard.

On October 30, 2011, Brown had a season-high 9 catches for 67 yards and made his first career touchdown reception in a 25–17 victory over the New England Patriots. Brown received his first career start on November 13, and finished the game with 5 receptions and 86 receiving yards in a game against the Bengals. On December 4, 2011, Brown returned his first punt return for a touchdown against the Bengals, and was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He made his second start of his career during a Week 14 win over the Cleveland Browns. He ended the game with 5 catches for a season-high 151-yards and also scored a 79-yard touchdown reception.

In 2011, Brown became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. For his efforts, Brown was selected as a punt returner for the Pro Bowl.


On July 28, 2012, Brown signed a 5-year, $42.5 million extension with the Steelers that included an $8.5 million signing bonus.[12] On November 4, 2012, Brown was fined $10,000 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct when he ran backwards for the final 20 yards of a punt return touchdown against the Washington Redskins.[13]

Brown being pursued by Coty Sensabaugh in a 2013 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Following back-to-back breakout seasons for Brown in 2011–2012, and a contract extension the following year, Mike Wallace left via free agency after negotiations for a new extension for himself went unanswered. On December 22, 2013, Brown broke Yancey Thigpen's team record of 1,398 receiving yards set in 1997. Brown also became only the second Steeler to amass at least 100 receptions in a season, joining former teammate Hines Ward. On December 29, he, along with Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins, tied Jimmy Smith as the only players to record at least five receptions in every single game of an NFL season in a win against the Browns, all while becoming the only receiver in NFL history to ever record five receptions and at least 50 yards in every single game of an NFL season. On December 27, 2013, Brown was selected for the Pro Bowl as a receiver and a punt returner. On January 3, 2014, Brown was named to the AP All-Pro team for the first time in his career.

On September 10, 2014, Brown returned a punt against the Cleveland Browns. During the return, Brown jumped, then kicked the Cleveland Browns' punter, Spencer Lanning, in the face.[14] Brown later apologized, claiming it was an accident. On September 11, 2014, Brown was fined $8,200 for kicking the punter.[15] On October 20, 2014, Brown threw his first career touchdown pass, a 3-yard pass to Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore. In 2014 Brown led the NFL in receptions, yardage, and was tied for second in touchdowns. Brown has extended his record of recording 5 catches for 50 yards to 32 consecutive regular season games. Browns' 2014 campaign saw him best his franchise-record yardage mark of 1,499 yards by gaining 1,698 yards on 129 catches, the highest total of catches in Steelers' history and second in NFL history, to go with a franchise-record 13 receiving touchdowns.


Brown in 2015

On September 10, 2015, Antonio Brown caught 9 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in the first game of the 2015 NFL season. The following week, Brown caught nine passes for 195 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. This brought his career total to 5,587 yards, good for 200th on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list. He also moved past Steelers' legend Lynn Swann on the all-time list. With 108 yards on 11 catches the following week, Brown was #1 in the NFL for receiving yards by a large margin, but that week, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down due to injury, and he was replaced with veteran Michael Vick. Brown remained first on the receiving yards list after week 4, where he only had 5 receptions for 42 yards, but he slipped down to third after he only caught 3 catches for 45 yards. On November 8, 2015, Brown caught a career high 17 receptions against the Oakland Raiders for a career high 284 yards, the ninth most single-game receiving yards. Brown also had 22 yards on 2 rushes, finishing the game with 306 yards overall. On December 6, Brown had 3 touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts, who the Steelers overcame to win 45–10. This game is notable for the play in which Brown returned a punt for a touchdown and then proceeded to leap into the goalpost before hugging it and then falling off of it. He was flagged on the play for excessive celebration. On December 9, he was fined $11,576 by the NFL for embracing with the goalpost.[16] After his 13-reception, 187-yard performance against the Browns in the season finale, he amassed 136 receptions for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns – the first two shattering his own team records of 129 catches and 1,698 yards. With the 136 receptions, he set two NFL records: most receptions in a two-year span with 265; and most receptions in a three-year span with 375. Along with his 16 receptions against the Browns, Antonio Brown became the first receiver to post two 16+ catch games in a single season, and his four games of 175+ yards in a season is also a NFL record.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Wildcard game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brown left the game with a concussion after taking a hit by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The injury kept Brown out of the Divisional round, where his team lost 23–16 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and the Pro Bowl.


After Week 1 of the 2016 season, Brown was fined a combined $15,191 for wearing baby blue cleats which violated the league's uniform policy, and for twerking after scoring his second touchdown of the game against the Washington Redskins.[17][18] After performing a similar dance in the end zone in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown was fined $24,309.[19] The second fine was largely criticized by sportswriters, who considered it much too steep a penalty for a celebration.[19][20][21] The league reasoned that the dances were "sexually suggestive".[22]

Career statistics

Led the league
Bold Career high
NFL career statistics
Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Tgt Rec Yards Avg TD Lng Att Yards Avg TD Lng Fum Lost
2010 PIT 9 0 19 16 167 10.4 0 26 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 PIT 16 3 124 69 1,108 16.1 2 79T 7 41 5.9 0 10 0 0
2012 PIT 13 10 106 66 787 11.9 5 60T 7 24 3.4 0 13 4 2
2013 PIT 16 14 167 110 1,499 13.6 8 56 7 4 0.6 0 10 1 0
2014 PIT 16 16 181 129 1,698 13.2 13 63T 4 13 3.3 0 9 2 2
2015 PIT 16 16 193 136 1,834 13.5 10 59 3 28 9.3 0 16 3 2
2016 PIT 9 9 104 69 831 12.0 7 51 3 9 3.0 0 13 0 0
Career 95 68 892 595 7,924 13.3 45 79T 31 119 3.8 0 16 11 6

Personal life

Brown is the son of retired Arena Football League star Eddie Brown, who is considered the best Arena football player of all time.[23] His father played wide receiver for the Albany Firebirds and collegiate football for Louisiana Tech.[24]

He has four children: sons Antonio Brown Jr., Autonomy Brown, and Ali Brown, as well as a daughter, Antanyiah Brown.[25]

Brown grew up in the Liberty City section of Miami where he played for T.Y. Hilton's father as a kid. He says as a youth he lacked guidance after leaving home due to conflicts with his stepfather. During his senior year of high school, during a 6-month stretch, he moved around, staying on whatever friend's couches he could find. At one point he even stayed with Norland Assistant Coach James Upton, during his year at North Carolina Tech Prep. He was so thin in high school that his nickname was "Boney Tony".[4]

Dancing with the Stars

On March 8, 2016, Brown was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.[26] Brown and Burgess were eliminated during the semifinals of the show and finished the competition in 5th place overall.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Quickstep / "Bad Man" 8 6 7 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Adorn" 6 6 7 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "7 Years" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Jazz / "Friend Like Me" 9 8/91 9 Safe
5 Cha-cha-cha / "Son of a Preacher Man" 7 6/62 7 No Elimination
6 Jive / "Footloose" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Tango / "Paint It Black"
Freestyle Dance (Team James Brown)
8 Viennese Waltz / "Love on the Brain"
Paso Doble (Team Carrie Ann Inaba) / "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"4
9 Argentine Tango / "Mi Confesión"6
Contemporary / "Hall of Fame"

1 Score by guest judge Zendaya.
2 Score by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
3 Double elimination week.
4 Antonio and Sharna teamed up with Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas to perform a dance designed and coached by Carrie Ann Inaba.
5 To avoid favoritism, the judges were unable to score their own teams; instead the general public scored the team-up dances on a scale of 1 - 10, and the average score was counted among the remaining judges.
6 Danced with professional troupe member Hayley Erbert in addition to Sharna Burgess.


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