Antonio Brown Bio: Bucs, NFL & Career

Antonio Brown is an American professional player in the National Football League (NFL). He played wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being a free agent in 2022.

Though he is arguably one of the greatest NFL players, Brown has not been successful enough to avoid controversies. The American athlete gets into disputes now and then.

After the Buccaneers released him in early January, he grudged against his former team. According to sources, he has decided to go for legal action against the group for supposedly defaming him, claiming he had mental health issues.

Antonio Brown in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey(Source: Bucs Nation)
Antonio Brown in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey (Source: Bucs Nation)

Apart from occasional bad episodes, the player has always been dominant in his game on the court. Brown has won multiple individual awards and has bagged several trophies for his team, including once as the Super Bowl champion.

In his career over the years, the player has been through many ups and downs. So, let us tell you about this incredible talent who has entertained millions of NFL fans.

Here you will discover more about his early life, tumultuous and exciting NFL journey, controversies, and much more.

But before heading into the detail, here are some quick facts about Antonio Brown.

Quick Facts

Full NameAntonio Tavaris Brown Sr.
Known AsAntonio Brown
Date of BirthJuly 10, 1988
Birth PlaceMiami, Florida, the USA
Nick NameA.B, Ronald Ocean, Mr. Big Chest
ReligionChristianity
NationalityAmerican
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Age34 years old
Height1.78 m (5 feet 10 inches)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
BuildAthletic
Father’s NameEddie Brown
Mother’s NameAdrianne Moss
SiblingsA younger brother
Siblings’ NameDesmond Brown
Education
  • Miami Norland Senior High School (Miami Gardens, Florida)
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan)
Marital StatusMarried
Sexual OrientationStraight
Ex-Girlfriend’s NameChelsie Kyriss
KidFour sons and two daughters
Kids’ NamesAntonio Jr, Apollo, Ali, Antanyiah, and Autonomy Brown
ProfessionProfessional football player
NFL Draft2010
PositionWide receiver
League National Football League (NFL)
Active Years(2010–present)
Net Worth$20 million
Currently plays forNone/now a free agent
Former clubs
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New England Patriots
  • Oakland Riders
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jersey Number (Recent)81
Career Highlights & Awards
  • Super Bowl Champion
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013)
  • MAC Freshman of The Year (2007)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Teams
  • Second-team All-MAC (2007)
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
MerchTrading card, Bobblehead, Signed football
Last UpdateDecember, 2022

Early Life, Family & Education

Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. was born to his parents, Eddie Brown and Adrianne Moss, on July 10, 1988. The duo gave birth to him while they were having an adamant time.

Antonio’s Father, Eddie, was still very young when Antonio was born. He was in a struggling phase, and his professional career had just started. So, the economic condition of the family was not very strong.

Soon after, his younger brother Desmond was born. Meanwhile, his Father’s relationship with his mother was not so good, and after frequent quarrels and fights, the couple eventually separated.

Antonio Brown with his father Eddie Brown( Source: Twitter)
Antonio Brown with his Father, Eddie Brown (Source: Twitter)

Growing up in Liberty City, Miami, he joined Miami Norland Senior High School. He became interested in playing football from an early age.

Moreover, his mother had difficulty raising two sons independently and remarried. After that, it became easy for her, but unfortunately, Antonio could not stand his stepfather. As a result, he had frequent grudges against him.

Fed up with his bad behavior, Adrianne kicked her son out of the House when he was 16.

However, Antonio never stopped playing football and stayed with his teammates and friends for most of his teenage years. In addition, he did various odd jobs to sustain himself and keep moving forward.

After his high school years, he joined Central Michigan University to play college football, where he achieved so much; after that, he never looked back.

However, he redeveloped his relationship with his mother and biological Father over time. Now, they are on good terms with one another. 

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His brother, Desmond, is also a football player. He plays as a running back for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Antonio Brown | Career

High School Career

Antonio Brown attended Miami Norland school and started playing football. During high school, he played wide receiver in various positions, including punt returner and quarterback.

After completing high school, Brown applied for admission to Florida State University. However, the University denied him, citing his poor academic records. Following this, he used Alcorn State but to no avail.

Then, he enrolled in North Carolina Tech Prep and played there for a season before moving to Florida International University.

Sadly, he lost his scholarship even before the season started for misbehaving with the University’s security staff.

Eventually, he joined Central Michigan University and began playing football under the tutelage of Butch Jones.

College Career

Brown played college football at Central Michigan University for around three years. Soon after, the college offered him a scholarship, and he began playing mainly as a wide receiver, contrary to being a quarterback during high school.

Even though he struggled to adjust to college life and attend training and practice sessions on time.

However, coach Zach Azzani, recognizing his potential, behaved with him as his kid and helped him with his game.

Antonio played well enough to receive numerous awards and honors in his first year. He recorded 102 receptions for 1003 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first year.

He played equally well in his second season in 2008. Brown had 93 receptions for 998 yards and 7 touchdowns as a sophomore. Moreover, he added 410 punt return yards and 791 kick return yards to his credit the same season.

Antonio gave his career-best performance in the third season of his college. While appearing in all games, he had 110 receptions for 1198 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Moreover, his team finished the season with a 12-1 record and set a school record for most wins in a single season.

However, after his junior season, he decided to forgo his senior year and declared for the 2010 NFL draft.

Professional Career

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Antonio Brown with the 195th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft. On July 15, he signed a three-year contract with the Steelers.

Brown made his NFL debut against the Tennessee Titans on September 19, 2010. The 5’10” tall footballer returned 2 kickoffs, a punt for 128 yards in his first game, and a touchdown.

During the regular-season finale, he played exceptionally throughout his rookie season and even high four catches for 52 yards in a victory against the Cleveland Browns.

His rookie season proved a tremendous success as his team advanced to the Super Bowl XLV in his first-ever NFL season. Moreover, he had 16 overall receptions for 167 yards in 10 games.

He continued his best performance intact going into the second season. Brown completed the season with 69 receptions for 1108 yards and 2 touchdown receptions in 16 games.

Impressed with his game, the club extended his contract for five more years on July 28, 2012.

Brown played seven more NFL seasons for the Steelers. He won various individual honors and led his team to numerous victories in different tournaments in nine years. Moreover, the club signed a five-year contract with him again in 2017.

After that, however, he got into an argument with his teammate and team management and even skipped practices. As a result, Brown severed his relationship with the team and finally left the club at the end of the 2018 season.

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Oakland Raiders

The Steelers traded him with the Oakland Raiders following the dispute on March 13, 2019. Before that, Buffalo Bills had shown interest in him; however, he denied it.

Brown did not play any matches for the Raiders. He soon got into a dispute with the club management. Brown demanded to continue his old helmet, but the team denied him.

Following this, Brown did not heed club disciplines and started bunking practice sessions. As a result, he never improved his relationship with the team again. It got worse.

Antonio took it personally with the general manager, Mike Mayock, and got into constant verbal fights after fining him for breaking the club’s discipline rules.

In early September, he showed some modesty after apologizing to team management and his teammates. However, the situation soon grew grim, and he was finally released on September 6, 2019.

New England Patriots

After he left the Raiders, Antonio joined the Patriots immediately after the day on September 7.

However, his time with the Patriots was full of troubles. Many women alleged him of sexual assault, and this hampered his game. Despite the allegations, he attended training sessions but only played one match throughout his time with the Patriots.

Brown playing his only Match wearing the Patriots Jersey(Source: Pro football Rumors)
Brown, playing his only match wearing the Patriots Jersey (Source: Pro football Rumors)

Moreover, another controversy arose after he allegedly messaged by threatening one of the accusers. During the same time, he announced his retirement from professional football but soon withdrew.

However, the Patriots released him on September 20 following the controversy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Following the bad episodes, he finally signed a one-year contract with the Bucs in October.

While on Buccaneers, he showed improvement and marked his return to the ground. He started late and finished the 2020 season with 45 receptions for 483 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

Moreover, he won the Super Championship in 2020, beating Kansas City Chiefs in the final, scoring a touchdown.

Unfortunately, he was suspended for 3 games for violating covid protocols on December 2.

Moreover, his relationship with the club worsened after he went to the locker room against the New York Jets during the midgame. Finally, on January 5, 2022, he announced he was undergoing surgery for an ankle injury and distanced himself from practice sessions.

Meanwhile, the Bucs released him without prior notice. In addition, Brown has recently claimed that they defamed him by saying that he has mental health issues and would soon take legal action against the club.

Besides his sports career, he has already been featured in several TV shows, including The Masked Singer and Dancing With The Stars.

Moreover, he briefly appeared in Drake’s “God’s Plan” and sang some songs by himself under A.B.

Age, Weight & Height

As of 2022, the popular athlete is 34 years of age. He celebrates his birthday every July 10.

Moreover, he stands 1.78 meters (5 feet 10 inches) tall and weighs around 185 lb (84 kg).

Antonio Brown | Relationships & Children

Antonio Brown has not married ever in his lifetime. However, the star player had relationships with many women, including the Instagram model Chelsie Kyriss.

According to sources, he first met Kyriss in 2012. Soon after, they got involved in an intense relationship before finally separating in 2019.

However, she was previously a school teacher when he met her. After her open relationship with Brown, she gained popularity and became a social media sensation overnight.

Antonio Brown with his wife, Chelsie, and his sons Autonomy and Ali
Antonio Brown with his wife, Chelsie, and his sons Autonomy and Ali (Source: The Sun)

She gave birth to three of Brown’s kids. The eldest one, Autonomy, was born in 2014. Their second child, Ali, was born in 2017, and after just two years, they welcomed their third child, Apollo.

Before this, Chelsie had two kids from her former relationship.

Besides, Antonio had many other girlfriends before his relationship with her. Moreover, he has two elder kids, Antanyiah and Antonio Jr, from previous relationships.

Net Worth, Salary & Career Earnings

According to sources, Antonio Brown’s net worth is around $20 million. His entire NFL career has already earned more than $75 million.

He earns mainly from playing league games. However, he has suffered a huge loss as he missed many games due to frequent controversies and brawls.

In his rookie season, he made around $0.35 million from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They paid him higher the next year, and his salary kept skyrocketing over the years despite his tumultuous career.

Moreover, he has accumulated much wealth through merch sales and endorsements from companies such as Nike, Pepsi, etc.

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Antonio Brown on Social Media

  • Instagram: 6.7 million (As of January 2022)
  • Twitter: 1.6 million (As of January 2022)
  • Facebook: 738 k (As of January 2022)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Antonio Brown saying about Tom Brady?

Following his departure, there were rumors that Antonio Brown spoke rudely of his former Buc teammate, Tom Brady. However, Brown denied it and told the media not to twist the matter. Moreover, he remarked that Tom is a GOAT and a great teammate.

What team does Antonio Brown want to play for?

Antonio Brown has expressed his desire to play for Baltimore Ravens after the Bucs threw him out due to his alleged erratic behavior. The NFL star also said he wished to play alongside Lamar Jackson. However, the Ravens have not responded officially about this matter yet.

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