Brown Says He Has No Issues with Roethlisberger’s Criticisms

Steelers WR understanding of Roethlisberger's leadership roles

Josh Rowntree
November 30, 2018 - 3:16 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles on the sidelines during the first quarter at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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Three days after Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was openly critical of him, Antonio Brown took the high road. 

Roethlisberger criticized Brown for running a route incorrectly on the game-losing interception in Sunday’s loss at Denver. But Brown was understanding. 

“Ben’s my guy, I love him,” Brown said Friday. “Anything he says, there’s a method to his madness. It’s only to inspire the group, encourage the group to get better. I know the type of guy he is. I know it can be misconstrued or changed in regards to how you guys put it out there, but he means well. He’s here to inspire us all.”

This is not the first time that Roethlisberger has openly ridiculed Brown. 

“I’ve got big shoulders, I can take it,” Brown said. “Constructive criticism is only for you to get better. It’s not personal. It’s only made to challenge you, to make you better. That’s my guy.”

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Brown site’s his historical success with Roethlisberger has enough proof to debunk any sort of rumors of a rift between the two stars.

“Check the history,” Brown said. “We’ve got a lot of good history and we’ll continue to make history. We have that relationship where we can challenge each other, encourage each other. And that’s the relationship you want to have with your quarterback.” 

Roethlisberger also mentioned that he should have thrown the ball to second-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster four straight times in the red zone, instead of looking for Brown. 

“That’s his opinion,” Brown added. “Whatever gives us the best chance to win. Me and Ben have got 800 catches, so I think JuJu could deserve four.”

Roethlisberger is the offensive captain of the team and, therefore, is certainly in a leadership position. But has Brown earned the distinction to speak out and be opening critical of teammates, as well? 

“I think so, but it’s not my job to criticize guys,” he said. “He’s the general, he’s the captain. I’m not the captain. I think there’s a method to his madness, to help us get better. 

“It’s not personal the way you guys make it. You guys make big stories, man. That’s my guy, I love him. I’ve got his back no matter what’s said. Everything he said is to encourage us to get better.”

Ultimately, Roethlisberger is the most successful player in the Steelers locker room, with a pair of championships to his name. It’s something Brown acknowledges. 

“He knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “None of us guys here have got Super Bowl rings. That’s what we’re in the hunt to do, we’re in the hunt to win a Super Bowl. He’s a guy who has got two rings and understands what it takes. 

“So if he’s challenging guys, or calling guys out, it’s only for the solidarity of the group. It’s not to bring anyone down or put us against each other, it’s only to elevate us.”

Hear all of what Brown had to saw below.