In 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Antonio Brown with the 194th overall pick in the NFL Draft. There were 22 wide receivers taken before him, a number which Brown used as motivation to prove his doubters wrong. Before troubling character concerns sent Brown packing from the NFL in 2019, he amassed 11,263 receiving yards and four First-Team All-Pro selections. As for the players taken ahead of him, some are still around, while others failed to live up their hype. Here are all the wide receivers taken before Antonio Brown and what they’ve accomplished.
The Fall Of Mr. Big Chest
With the Steelers, Brown made an immediate impact but also became a troublesome personality in the locker room. Tired of his shenanigans, Pittsburgh hauled him off to Oakland in 2019, where he dramatically became the off-season storyline for literally freezing his feet, not bothering to show up for meetings, complaining about his helmet, and getting into a verbal fight with his GM.
Unable to handle Brown, the Raiders released him, and he was quickly signed by the Patriots. Almost immediately he was sued for inappropriate conduct with a former female associate. After his first game with New England, another allegation surfaced, forcing the team to cut him.