Antonio Brown On Everything From Steelers Fallout, Mental Health, NFL Future

'I miss the Burgh man, hopefully I can come back and get it going'

The Fan Morning Show
February 06, 2020 - 9:01 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Antonio Brown joined the Fan Morning Show Thursday morning to give his side of the story and recent events that have been happening in his life.  

Brown says he’s “hanging in there man, life without football is a little different for me but you know you just adapt and adjust.”

Brown started off by making personal apologizes to the Steelers organization for the distraction he caused in 2018.

"I apologize to those guys for the distractions, the unwanted attention I probably caused those guys. I'm forever grateful & indebted to the Steelers organization. Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, Ben Roethlisberger. A lot of beautiful moments. A lot of positive things."

“These guys gave me an opportunity when I was 21 years and I’m forever grateful to those guys,” said Brown.

Brown also apologized to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and said he does not hate him, he loves him.

"I just think too much stuff built up, it was too late. Do I hate Ben? No. Do I love Ben? Yes. Ben's a great guy, great person, great QB. All the disappointment and frustration we had could have been hashed out. But we let ego and emotions get involved."

Brown says a lot of the reason for the outbursts during his time with the Steelers was due to disrespect and people not understanding his side of what happened as well as sensing a lack of desire to win from his teammates.

“I just think we had a lot of things that was important to individuals but it wasn’t really important to do the big thing, win the Super Bowl.”

The topic of JuJu Smith-Schuster still seems to be a sore spot for Brown though.

Brown says Smith-Schuster disrespected him when JuJu posted a photo of himself scoring a touchdown against the Raiders after it was announced AB was traded to Oakland.

"JuJu Smith-Schuster was a young guy, when he was in college [he talked] so much about how he looked up to me, so much how he wanted to work with me. And then you get a chance to work with me, you have your best season ever, I'm about to leave and post a picture of you scoring a touchdown on the team I'm going saying, 'You ready?' That's a form of disrespect."     

Brown also says he gave Smith-Schuster all of the “cheat codes” to be successful and was still disrespected.

That also brought up the topic of Hines Ward when Brown was a young receiver.

He claims that Ward never took time to show him the ropes.

"Hines Ward never gave me the respect I needed. Or gave me the positivity or the support I needed. I've never been to his house. I never studied plays with him. I never went over how to win and get open."

“I just think man people got to show more respect and be more considerate to others and I got to learn not to let people who come at me negative react because I’m a leader, whatever I do is going to be magnified times 10.”

“I have nothing against JuJu Smith-Schuster. Why would I? I’m who he want to be, I’m who he want to be.”

While he is trying to redeem himself for everything that is happening, he is unsure if he wants to return to the NFL.

“I don’t know what I want to do right now I’m just taking it one day at a time,” said Brown.

When it comes to his mental health, Brown says he is good and is seeing a therapist

“Everyone got an agenda from what they want to get from me or what they can make off me so it's good to be around and talk to people that don’t have no agenda that can just support your mental health and listen to you.”

Brown insists that he isn’t angry and that he is a blessed guy.

Brown also addressed all the pressure he feels when people come up to him and want autographs and pull out their phone for video or picture.

Asked about his own social medial habits and the negative light that can bring on him, he says he is running a business.

"Everyone loves comeback stories man, I'm in shape, 2020 is going to be a great year and it's a great opportunity to bounce back," said Brown.

Brown ended the interview possibly leaving the door open for a return to Pittsburgh.

“Thank you guys for having me, I miss the Burgh man, hopefully I can come back and get it going,” said Brown.

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