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    Happy 30th Birthday, Antonio Brown

    Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

    Antonio at 30: How Brown stacks up against Rice, what's next

    Anything seems possible with Antonio Brown. As he turns 30, is a run at Jerry Rice's records in the cards?

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...lific-receiver


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    Gil Brandt's greatest NFL receivers of all time

    NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the best wide receivers in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up.

    35. Art Monk

    Washington Redskins 1980-1993, New York Jets 1994, Philadelphia Eagles 1995
    Three-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Recorded 12,721 career receiving yards and scored 68 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    34. Torry Holt

    St. Louis Rams 1999-2008, Jacksonville Jaguars 2009
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Recorded 13,382 career receiving yards
    Scored 74 career receiving touchdowns

    33. Mac Speedie

    Cleveland Browns 1946-1952
    One-time NFL champion
    Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    Recorded 5,602 career receiving yards
    Scored 33 career receiving touchdowns

    32. Lynn Swann

    Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-1982
    Four-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Recorded 5,462 career receiving yards and scored 51 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    31. Fred Biletnikoff

    Oakland Raiders, 1965-1978
    One-time Super Bowl champion, one-time AFL champion
    Named Super Bowl XI MVP
    Voted to Pro Bowl four times, one-time First Team All-Pro, one-time First Team All-AFL
    NFL receptions leader in 1971
    Finished career with 589 receptions, 8,974 receiving yards, 76 touchdowns
    Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    30. John Stallworth

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1987
    Four-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro
    537 career receptions, 8,723 receiving yards, 63 receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    29. Hines Ward

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011
    Two-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to five Pro Bowls
    Finished career with 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns

    28. Charley Taylor

    Washington Redskins, 1964-1977
    Voted to eight Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro
    Two-time NFL receptions leader
    NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    649 career receptions, 9,110 receiving yards, 79 receiving touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns
    Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    27. Odell Beckham Jr.

    New York Giants 2014-present
    Voted to Pro Bowl three times, First Team All-Pro twice
    NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2014)
    Has average 14.1 yards per catch over first four NFL seasons
    313 career receptions for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns

    26. Reggie Wayne

    Indianapolis Colts 2001-2014
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Recorded 14,345 career receiving yards
    Scored 82 career receiving touchdowns

    25. Steve Largent

    Seattle Seahawks, 1976-1989 Voted to seven Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro
    Led league in receiving yards two times
    NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    Finished career with 819 receptions, 13,089 receiving yards, 100 touchdowns
    Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    24. Dante Lavelli

    Cleveland Browns 1946-1956
    Three-time NFL champion
    Voted to Pro Bowl three times, was named First Team All-Pro once
    NFL 1940s All-Decade Team member
    One out of every six career receptions went for a touchdown
    Finished with 386 receptions for 6,488 yards and 62 touchdowns

    23. Charlie Joiner

    Houston Oilers 1969-1972, Cincinnati Bengals 1972-1975, San Diego Chargers 1977-1986
    Recorded 12,146 career receiving yards
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Scored 65 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    22. Rod Smith

    Denver Broncos, 1995-2007
    Two-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro
    Finished career with 849 receptions, 11,389 receiving yards, 68 receiving touchdowns

    21. Michael Irvin

    Dallas Cowboys, 1988-1999
    Three-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to five Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    750 career receptions, 11,904 receiving yards, 65 receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    20. Isaac Bruce

    Los Angeles Rams 1994, St. Louis Rams 1995-2007, San Francisco 49ers 2008-2009
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to four Pro Bowls
    Recorded 15,208 receiving yards
    Scored 91 career receiving touchdowns

    19. Drew Pearson

    Dallas Cowboys 1973-1983
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    NFL 1970s All-Decade Team Recorded 7,822 career receiving yards and scored 48 career receiving touchdowns

    18. Calvin Johnson

    Detroit Lions, 2007-2015
    Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    Started 130 of 135 NFL games
    Holds NFL's single-season receiving yardage record with 1,964 yards in 2012
    Third-highest receiving yards per game (86.1) in NFL history

    17. Tom Fears

    Los Angeles Rams 1948-1956
    One-time NFL champion
    Voted to one Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro one time
    Recorded 5,397 career receiving yards and 38 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    16. Andre Johnson

    Houston Texans 2003-2014, Indianapolis Colts 2015, Tennessee Titans 2016
    Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    Recorded 14,185 career receiving yards
    Scored 70 career receiving touchdowns

    15. Elroy 'Crazy Legs' Hirsch

    Chicago Rockets 1946-1948, Los Angeles Rams 1950-1957
    One-time NFL champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    Recorded 7,029 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    14. Paul Warfield

    Cleveland Browns 1964-1969; 1976-1977, Miami Dolphins 1970-1974
    Two-time Super Bowl champion, One-time NFL champion
    Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    Had 8,565 career receiving yards and scored 85 career touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    13. James Lofton

    Green Bay Packers 1978-1986, Los Angeles Raiders 1987-1988, Buffalo Bills 1989-1992, Philadelphia Eagles 1993, Los Angeles Rams 1993
    Recorded 14,004 career receiving yards
    Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one times
    Logged 75 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    12. Tim Brown

    Los Angeles Raiders 1988-1994, Oakland Raiders 1995-2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004
    Recorded 14,934 receiving yards
    Voted to nine Pro Bowls
    Logged 100 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    11. Raymond Berry

    Baltimore Colts 1955-1967
    Two-time NFL champion
    Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    Had 9,275 career receiving yards and scored 68 career touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    10. Cris Carter

    Philadelphia Eagles 1987-1989, Minnesota Vikings 1990-2001, Miami Dolphins 2002
    Recorded 13,899 career receiving yards and 130 career receiving touchdowns
    Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    Ranks No. 5 all-time in career receptions
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    9. Bob Hayes

    Dallas Cowboys 1965-1974, San Francisco 49ers 1975
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    Recorded 7,414 career receiving yards and 71 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    8. Marvin Harrison

    Indianapolis Colts 1996-2008
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    Recorded 14,580 career receiving yards and scored 128 career receiving touchdowns.
    No. 4 on all-time receptions list with 1,102
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    7. Larry Fitzgerald

    Arizona Cardinals, 2004-present
    Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    Started 200 of 202 NFL games
    Holds NFL record of four consecutive playoff games with at least 100 yards receiving.
    No. 3 on the all-time receptions list with 1,125

    6. Terrell Owens

    San Francisco 49ers 1996-2003, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-2005, Dallas Cowboys 2006-2008, Buffalo Bills 2009, Cincinnati Bengals 2010
    Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    Recorded 15,934 career receiving yards, 153 career receiving touchdowns

    5. Antonio Brown

    Pittsburgh Steelers 2010-present
    Voted to Pro Bowl six times, First Team All-Pro four times
    Twice led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards
    733 career receptions, 9,910 yards, 59 touchdowns
    Has five career return touchdowns

    4. Lance Alworth

    San Diego Chargers 1962-1970, Dallas Cowboys 1971-1972
    One-time Super Bowl champion
    Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    Had 10,266 receiving yards and scored 85 receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    3. Randy Moss

    Minnesota Vikings 1998-2004; 2010, Oakland Raiders 2005-2006, New England Patriots 2007-2009; 2010, Tennessee Titans 2010, San Francisco 49ers 2012
    Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    Recorded 15,292 career receiving yards
    Scored 156 career receiving touchdowns
    Holds NFL records for most receiving touchdowns in single season (23) and most in rookie season (17)

    2. Don Hutson

    Green Bay Packers 1935-1945
    Three-time NFL champion
    Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro eight times
    Recorded 7,991 receiving yards and 99 career receiving touchdowns
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    1. Jerry Rice

    San Francisco 49ers 1985-2000, Oakland Raiders 2001-2004, Seattle Seahawks 2004
    Three-time Super Bowl champion
    Super Bowl XXIII MVP
    Voted to 13 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro 10 times
    Had 22,895 receiving yards and scored an NFL-record 197 touchdowns while adding an NFL-best 1,549 career receptions
    Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

    Antonio at 30: How Brown stacks up against Rice, what's next

    Anything seems possible with Antonio Brown. As he turns 30, is a run at Jerry Rice's records in the cards?

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...lific-receiver
    I don't think he'll pass Rice, but I hope we can get him a few rings to make the conversation more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Blitz View Post
    I don't think he'll pass Rice, but I hope we can get him a few rings to make the conversation more interesting.
    Agreed...and although Rice appears to be well out of reach, there's no reason why he can't surpass Randy Moss.

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    Another interesting thing about this list...
    While the Steelers have historically been known as a smash mouth, grind it out franchise... we've got 4 receivers on this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    Another interesting thing about this list...
    While the Steelers have historically been known as a smash mouth, grind it out franchise... we've got 4 receivers on this list.
    I noticed that too. It's pretty cool to see for a franchise that is known more for Defense (historically).

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    Antonio Brown turns 30, won’t “pay attention to my age”

    Posted by Josh Alper on July 11, 2018, 7:50 AM EDT

    Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did more before turning 30 than a lot of players do in their entire careers.

    Brown’s 733 catches and 9,910 yards are more than any other receiver since he entered the league and he reached 700 catches faster than any other player in league history. Brown’s 2017 season also closed a five-year stretch that saw Brown compile more catches and receiving yards than any other player over any other five-year span in league history.

    Brown is no longer under 30 — his birthday was on Tuesday — but it doesn’t sound like the day is one that carries much significance to his frame of mind.

    “I don’t pay attention to my age,” Brown said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “I’m feeling great, I’m healthy and I’m in great shape. I feel as long as I have that, I can continue to be productive. … Life is all about challenges and working to be the best. You never want to limp away from the game.”

    Fowler and the Steelers both took Brown’s birthday as a chance to point out that Brown had more catches and receiving yards before turning 30 than Jerry Rice, which illustrates both how productive Brown has been since entering the league and how remarkable it was that Rice caught 1,000 passes for 13,546 yards after his own 30th birthday.

    One can’t expect Brown or any receiver to play at the same level for as long as Rice did, but it won’t take too many more years similar to the ones he’s had for Brown to plant himself high on the NFL’s all-time receiving lists.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/07/11/antonio-brown-turns-30-wont-pay-attention-to-my-age/


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    What Antonio Brown needs to do to become known as the best all-time Steelers WR

    Among the greatest receivers in Steelers’ franchise lore, where does Antonio Brown rank?

    By Bryan Anthony Davis
    Jul 11, 2018, 7:10am EDT

    The Steelers have always seemed to have a stalwart catching passes in the Steel City. The Pittsburgh pass-catcher of the 30s was Bill Sortet. Elbie Nickel and Val Jasante led the end-of-the 40s, while Ray Matthews was the man of the 1950s. Buddy Dial, Gary Ballman and Roy Jefferson were stars of the 60s. The 70s started with Ron Shanklin ruling, but Lynn Swann and John Stallworth were revolutionary in that decade. The 80s were defined by Stallworth and Louis Lipps, while Yancey Thigpen and Charles Johnson made the 90s nice. In the 2000s, Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were the prize guys. Mike Wallace seemed to be the talent for the 2010s, but that was short-lived. The reason for that was the surprising emergence of a sixth-rounder out of Central Michigan...Antonio Tavaris Brown.

    Who is the cream of this incredible crop? Stallworth and Swann were paramount in delivering four championships, ranking third and sixth respectively in receiving yards and fourth and sixth in receptions. These two were considered the preeminent receivers in the team’s history. Heath Miller is regarded as the finest TE ever to wear the black-and-gold with 592 catches (ranks 3rd) and 6,569 yards (ranks 4th). Louis Lipps (358 receptions/6,018 yards) ranks fifth in both categories. Ward is the reigning champ, and tops the charts with both 1,000 receptions and 12,083 yards, but like Stallworth (14 seasons/165 games) and Miller (11 seasons/168 games)...Hines accumulated that top status in a high number of seasons (15) and games (217).

    Brown came to the Steelers almost as an afterthought. The son of perhaps the greatest Arena Leaguer in history, Eddie Brown of the Albany Firebirds, Antonio joined a crowded wide receiver stable which featured Ward, Wallace, Arnaz Battle, the returning Antwaan Randle-El and third-rounder Emmanuel Sanders. His return skills helped get him drafted and displace Stefan Logan. His work ethic and drive kept him on the team, despite Bruce Arians allegedly lobbying to release him. Brown broke out in 2011, being named a Pro-Bowler when he became the first NFL player to eclipse 1,000 yards in both receiving and returns in the same season. When Wallace’s contract demands got combative, the organization surprised many by awarding Brown with the big contract (five-year/$42.5 Million) and letting the speedster walk the following year. After injuries derailed his 2012 season, No. 84 began an epic run (never-before-or-since-accomplished) of five-straight seasons with over 100 receptions. His lowest yardage total in that span was 1,284 in 2016, 101 catches in 2017 and eight touchdowns in 2013. In eight seasons, he was named All-Pro four times, and to the Pro Bowl six times. This tops everybody ahead of him on the list.

    No. 84, in only 115 career games, ranks second in catches (733)/receiving yards (9,910) and third in career TD catches (59) behind Ward’s (85) and Stallworth’s (63). Two seasons would be a stretch for Brown to catch Ward with receptions and TDs, but the 2,174 needed to be the yardage champ seems doable. Being under contract for another three years, the Miami native seems like a lock, barring injury, to end his career atop these three major categories for the Steelers.

    All of the other players ranked in the top-6 in team-receiving history, except Lipps (who never played in one), are Super Bowl champions. Ward and Swann are SB MVPs, while Stallworth could, and should, have been named one for his performance in Super Bowl XIV. Brown was not a big factor in his only SB appearance, a loss to Green Bay his rookie year.

    With all of Antonio’s tremendous accomplishments, he’s considered by some as one of the greatest of receivers in Steelers’ history. But some are giving him the Dan Marino treatment. Regardless of a ring, I think Marino is one of history’s best. At this point, I feel AB is too on the franchise level. But still the belief is that he won’t be considered the king of Steelers “Catch Mountain” until he has a ring on his finger. Brown is driven to win a title, and has expressed his intense desire to do so.

    A Lombardi validated Bill Cowher’s successful career even further, and it would do the same for Antonio Brown. But the major question remaining still is whether the absence of a Super Bowl title is the main factor keeping Brown from being named “Best Steelers Receiver” of all-time? And if so, would one be enough?

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2018/7/11/17548976/what-antonio-brown-needs-to-do-to-become-the-best-all-time-steelers-wr-swann-stallworth-ward-nfl


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    Rice's stats are ridiculous

    and he wasn't even that fast
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