Friday, January 3, 2014
Another honor for Antonio Brown
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown added to his honors Friday when he earned a spot on the Associated Press’ All-Pro team.
Brown made the second team, along with Demaryius Thomas and A.J. Green.
Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon were the first-team wide receivers, and it’s hard to argue with either selection. Johnson is one of the top-five players in the NFL regardless of position and Gordon led the league in receiving despite playing with three different quarterbacks.
Brown finished second to Gordon in receiving, and his 1,499 receiving yards set a single-season Steelers record. He made the Pro Bowl as both wide receiver and a punt returner. Brown also won the Steelers’ MVP award for the second time in three seasons.
That award may have meant the most to him since it was voted on by the Steelers’ players.
“These are the guys who see you on a daily basis,” Brown said. “How they feel about me and the respect I earn from these guys is most important.”
Brown is a tireless worker, and he indicated that the next step in his development is becoming one of the team leaders.
“Just how I encourage and how I challenge the guys around me,” Brown said. “It’s not words per se.”
As for what he can improve on after authoring the best seasons by a wide receiver in Steelers history, Brown said, “Being a better blocker. There’s always little things I can tighten up. There’s always room to get better. It’s never ending in that battle.”