I know we live in an era where passing is more prolific than any other, in both % of pass plays called and rules that benefit the passing game more than ever. And I know Brown is only half way through his career. That being said, I believe he is among the greatest WRs to ever put on the black and yellow. If we don't factors in longevity too much, and we ask ourselves who were the best Steelers "who were the greatest WR in their prime, in the modern era (1970s and newer)" how would your list go?
Mine goes like this.
1.) Swann - if longevity entered here, he'd be lower on the list. But in his prime, he was special.
2.) Hines Ward - never the most athletic, he got ALL he could from his skill set. Best attitude of all time. I loved that guy.
3.) A. Brown - Sorry. He is that good. Had more yards last year in a season than anyone in team history.
4.) Louie Lipps - was all we had in his era. No QBs worth spit. No other play makers. He was good.
5.) Stallworth - Maybe the most underrated.
6.) Thigpen - Brief stint, hurt a lot. But when he was right, he was super.
It gets murky from here on. Oh, and check this out. Cool music too.