Antonio Brown is continuing his battle against the NFL over new rules that prohibit him from using his helmet of choice after a study revealed older equipment that has been deemed unsafe by the league.
Several other high-profile players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, have come out in semi-support of Brown’s movement. Both quarterbacks stated displeasure with having to veer from their preferred gear but have ultimately complied with the NFL’s new guidelines thus far.
Recently, another star signal-caller expressed some distaste for his new helmet – but mostly just because of how it makes him look.
After a bizarre few days in which Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown threatened to sit out the season over not being able to wear his preferred helmet, an arbitrator ruled on Monday that Brown does, in fact, need to wear the helmet mandated by the league.
Shortly after the decision was made public, Brown took to Instagram to comment on the matter.
The seven-time Pro Bowler made it clear that he disagrees with the arbitrator’s ruling, but is “working on getting back to full health” and looks forward to rejoining his teammates on the gridiron.
There have been plenty of superstar relatives throughout the history of the NFL. The Manning brothers (plus dad Archie), Watt brothers and Bosa brothers are among the most recognizable families who have seen success in professional football.
Now, Marquise Brown, the Baltimore Ravens rookie and cousin of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, is hoping to cement his place in the history books as well.
Brown, nicknamed “Hollywood,” was selected 25th overall by the Ravens in the 2019 NFL draft. The wide receiver, who many considered to be too short at 5-foot-10, instantly became emotional about his selection and revealed the advice that older cousin Antonio had given to him.
Marquise Brown’s life changed the instant he was selected 25th overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.
The newest Baltimore Ravens wide receiver wasn’t about to let that moment pass him by. Brown, nicknamed “Hollywood,” was overcome with emotion while discussing his selection with NFL legend Deion Sanders.
“I’m just happy to be here,” he said as tears filled his eyes. “It means so much.”
The former Oklahoma Sooner wasn’t entirely unprepared for the intensity and excitement of the evening. His cousin, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, gave Hollywood a simple piece of advice before the draft: “Just enjoy this moment.”
Antonio Brown’s trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders became official on Wednesday, four days after the deal was initially announced.
While head coach Jon Gruden, general manager Mike Mayock and fans were all eager to see Brown don the Raiders’ black and silver for the first time, it was really his children who stole the show at the star receiver’s introductory press conference.
Brown, who has five children, was joined by at least three of his kids for his first official photos as a Raider.
The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a chance to hold on to Antonio Brown – at least, according to one oddsmaker.
Team president Art Rooney II has made it clear that the team has no intentions of releasing the wide receiver, though a trade (that Brown reportedly requested) is still on the table. Despite this, Bookmaker gives Pittsburgh +600 odds of keeping the superstar athlete on its roster.
The ongoing conflict between Brown and the Steelers resulted in his benching for the final game of the 2018 season, a must-win for Pittsburgh against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown had reportedly become “frustrated” and gotten into arguments with his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Sources within the organization say that Roethlisberger would also take shots at Brown during team meetings.
Teams around the league are likely hoping that the rift between Brown and the Steelers has become too deep to repair. Franchises that struggled in 2018, including the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, may be eyeing the wide receiver as a boost to their rosters. Even playoff teams like the Dallas Cowboys are seemingly in on the seven-time Pro Bowler.