Best known for his wide receiving skills, American professional footballer Antonio Brown plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His football prowess makes him a big-play threat as both a return man and a receiver. Brown is one of the few players who could read blocking very well as well as rush the ball when the need arises. Although he is argued to lack in physicality and size, his acceleration is mind-blowing. This has earned him quite a long list of awards and recognition some of which include Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro and the NFL receiving yards leader. Let’s look at some facts about the Miami-born football player.
Antonio Brown Biography, Age
Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. was born on July 10, 1988, in the city of Miami which is in Florida. He is the son of Eddie Brown, a former Arena Football League player for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds. His mother’s name is Adrianne Moss.
Brown falls among those whose root in the world of football stands firm following their family history. His father who played as a wide receiver and was nicknamed “Touchdown Eddie Brown”, was once NFL’s greatest player ever. His skills and technicality earned him numerous awards some of which includes the Arena Football League Most Valuable Player Award, ArenaBowl champion and AFL Offensive Player of the Year. Brown’s younger brother Desmond is also a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Panthers.
When Brown was attending Miami Norland High School in Miami, he was actively involved in football and track. In track and field, his skills earned him the state qualifier in the 100-meter dash two times while in football, where he played as a punt returner, quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Vikings, Brown earned among others, the North Athlete of the Year at 2005 Miami-Dade Gridiron Classic. He moved to North Carolina Tech Prep in 2006.
Brown played college football for Central Michigan, after his prep season in North Carolina Tech. Between 2007 and 2009, he made some fantastic football appearances and finished with 305 receptions for 3,199 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. The 2009 season was one of his finest seasons as he recorded single-season bests with 110 receptions for 1,198 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.
NFL Career and Injury Stats
Antonio Brown joined the 2010 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior year in college. With no much stress, he became Pittsburgh Steelers’ second wide receiver pick and the 22nd overall wide receiver to be selected. He picked jersey number 84. Brown officially signed a three-year contract worth, $1.28 million with a signing bonus of $73,075 with the Steelers and he debuted in the season’s game against the Tennessee Titans. He ended his rookie season with 16 receptions for 167 yards in just 10 games.
Greatly determined to stand out among his peers of the same profession, Brown made it as the very first player in the history of the NFL to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in one season. His football career went smoothly without any injury until in 2012 when he developed an ankle injury which prevented him from appearing in three games. He, however, finished the season with 66 receptions for 787 yards and 5 touchdowns in 13 games and 10 starts. The next injury Brown had was in 2015 when he left the postseason’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a concussion after taking a head hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The injury kept him off the field for one game.
Brown joined the NFL top 100 all-time for career receptions and the top 100 for career receiving yards in 2016. He was named the Steelers second in career receptions and third in career receiving yards while ranking 57th and 78th in the NFL all-time list. In 2018, Brown also made 10,000 career receiving yards in 116 career games and became NFL’s best Wide Receiver and second best player of the year. Brown’s NFL career stats as of 2018 shows he has 837 total reception for 11,207 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns.
Net Worth and Salary
Antonio Brown has been listed as one of the highest-paid players of his time. As of 2018, he earned a base salary of $915,000 and a signing bonus of $2,900,000. He carried a cap hit of $7,955,000 and a dead cap value of $29,075,000. His 2019 cap hit of $22.17 million ranks 19th overall in the NFL. As a professional player, his net worth stands around $30 million.
Wife or Girlfriend
Although he has never been married, the Wide receiver still has a happy home which he shares with his five children including Autonomy, Ali, Apollo, Antonio Jr and Antanyiah. Antonio Brown Junior and Antanyaih are a product of his relationship with Shameika Brailsford, his former girlfriend and partner while the other three children are a product of his union with Chelsie Kyriss from Springboro, Ohio.
As expected of every wide receiver, Brown is pretty tall for his role. He measures 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and weighs 82 kg (181 lb). He was 5 ft 10 1⁄8 in (1.78 m) with a body weight of 84 kg in 2010 when he joined the NFL draft.