Antonio Brown’s NFL career ended today in disgrace. Once again, Brown put himself ahead of his team, as he’s consistently done throughout his turbulent career that’s included stops in Pittsburgh, Oakland, New England and Tampa Bay.
TJ Rives, Tampa Bay’s sideline reporter who I join weekly on his 3DogThursday podcast, reported that Brown was benched by head coach Bruce Arians.
After being informed of Arians’s decision, Brown threw a temper tantrum. He took his pads off on the Bucs’ sidelines before taking off. Brown eventually went into ‘full Dennis Rodman mode,’ exiting the stadium shirtless while waving to the fans:
Brown’s exit took place late in the second quarter when the Bucs were trailing the Jets. However, they rallied from a 24-10 deficit late in the third quarter to win a 28-24 decision.
Tom Brady connected with Cyril Grayson for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining to left his team to victory. The Jets easily covered the spread as 14.5-point home underdogs.
Not that it wasn’t assumed that Brown has played his last game with Tampa Bay (and in the NFL), but Arians made it official quickly at the start of his postgame presser:
Brown was targeted by Brady five times in the first half. He had three catches for 26 yards.
Brown’s decision will cost his wallet plenty. Check out those details here:
In seven games this year, Brown had 39 receptions for 519 yards and four TDs. Brown played in eight games for the Bucs’ Super-Bowl winning team last year, catching 45 balls for 483 yards and four TDs.
In 12 NFL seasons, Brown has 928 catches for 12,291 yards and 83 TDs. He spent his first nine seasons with the Steelers.
Since then, however, he’s been released by four different teams. He never stepped on the field for the Raiders, the first team he joined after leaving Pittsburgh, and he only played in one game with the Patriots.