PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown did not need to depart Pittsburgh with out saying goodbye.
- Antonio Brown mentioned the chance to play for Raiders coach Jon Gruden was a think about his resolution to work out a commerce to Oakland. Brown mentioned he goals to carry his teammates to a excessive customary and a private objective is to go Jerry Rice’s receptions document.
Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders after 9 seasons with the Steelers. The matching billboards on the nook of Boulevard of the Allies and Grant Road had been ordered by Brown himself and posted Thursday.
Brown’s introductory information convention in Oakland on Wednesday ended a weird two-plus months between Brown and the Steelers, who obtained a third- and a fifth-round decide in trade for Brown. Brown pissed off the group by skipping work in Week 17, which sparked the workforce’s curiosity in buying and selling him.
However Brown requested a commerce in late January and later disparaged the group on social media and in an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. His weird conduct on social media coupled together with his demand for a brand new contract made buying and selling him for important draft capital troublesome.
However Brown used his Oakland information convention to specific gratitude for his time in Pittsburgh.
“To any kid out there from Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh will always be my family,” Brown mentioned. “Those guys gave me a chance when I was a 21-year-old kid. Obviously, people are listening to the things that are being said and written. At the end of the day, it’s all about how you make people feel. I think I made people feel good and great, really inspired, the way they watched me work, the way they watched me play. I know Steeler Nation is having a bad day today, but it’s always love. I encourage every kid who watched me work and was inspired by everything I’ve done. I hope I continue to be a good example, continue to be a good role model and continue to inspire people.”
Brown recorded an NFL-record six consecutive 100-catch seasons with the Steelers.