PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown did not need to depart Pittsburgh with out saying goodbye.
Brown bought digital billboard spots in downtown Pittsburgh with the message ‘Thank You Pittsburgh, AB 84″ with Brown’s signature and an image of the All-Professional receiver.
Antonio Brown stated the chance to play for Raiders coach Jon Gruden was a think about his determination to work out a commerce to Oakland. Brown stated he goals to carry his teammates to a excessive customary and a private aim is to go Jerry Rice’s receptions file.
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 Avenue have been ordered by Brown himself and posted Thursday.
Brown’s introductory press convention in Oakland on Wednesday ended a weird two-plus months between Brown and the Steelers, who obtained a third- and a fifth-round choose in change for Brown. Brown pissed off the group by skipping work in Week 17, which sparked the crew’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 vital draft capital troublesome.
However Brown used his Oakland press convention to precise gratitude for his time in Pittsburgh.
“To any child on the market from Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh will all the time be my household,” Brown stated. “These guys gave me an opportunity after I was a 21-year-old child. Clearly, persons are listening to the issues which might be being stated and written. On the finish of the day, it is all about the way you make individuals really feel. I believe I made individuals really feel good and nice, actually impressed, the best way they watched me work, the best way they watched me play. I do know Steeler Nation is having a foul day right now, however it’s all the time love. I encourage each child who watched me work and was impressed by all the things I’ve finished. I hope I proceed to be a very good instance, proceed to be a very good function mannequin and proceed to encourage individuals.”
Brown recorded an NFL-record six consecutive 100-catch seasons with the Steelers.