“He was targeted by the media” Antonio Brown gives an insight on Ben Roethlisberger’s career

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger left on harsh terms but as time has passed, AB has seemed to have put all that behind him. In light of his former quarterback retiring, Brown had nothing but praise for him.

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has been one of those ‘once in a lifetime players’. At first, we would say that about his on-field ability but since his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it seems he only finds the headlines for drama caused off the field.

In that 2018 season, during practice for the final game of the season, Brown got into multiple heated exchanges with teammates. One of them being Ben Roethlisberger. The result of the exchange saw Brown throw a football at his quarterback and then storm off and not appear for the remaining practices.

That would be the 3rd and final time that Brown acted in such a manner and it would be his final time doing so. He still appeared on gameday expecting to play but when he was informed that he wouldn’t be playing at all he decided to leave at halftime.

The incident resulted in a bitter end to an illustrious tenure with the Steelers and a not so heartfelt parting with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Of course, it’s now been 3 years since that incident, and Brown has seemed to have had a change of heart about his former signal-caller as he has recently revealed.

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Antonio Brown filled with praise for Big Ben

Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger

Appearing on an episode of the ‘Impaulsive’ podcast, Antonio Brown was quoted saying “Shout out to Ben Roethlisberger. He’s one of the great quarterbacks of all time. Had a great career. I couldn’t have had a lot of my success without playing with a great quarterback like Big Ben.”

When asked about the media issues Roethlisberger has had, Brown said “He’s another one of those guys, like myself, who’s been targeted by the media based on what he went through and what he got through but he’s a great guy, great quarterback. I had a lot of success playing with him. He’s a marquee quarterback.”

It seems like a massive turnaround from how he left things in Pittsburgh and one can only assume that time has worked its magic and Antonio Brown now can just look back and be appreciative of what he had. Especially with the current state of his career, with how things ended in Tampa, and now not knowing if he’s going to play football again. That being said, he’s been in this position before quite recently so clearly, he knows how to get back on his feet.

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