Antonio Brown is an American professional player of the National Football League (NFL). He played as a 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 in controversies now and then.
After the Buccaneers released him in early January, he got in a grudge with his former team. According to sources, he has decided to go for legal actions against the team for supposedly defaming him, claiming that he had mental health issues.
Apart from some 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 spanning 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, his tumultuous and exciting NFL journey, controversies, and much more.
But before heading into the detail, here are some quick facts about Antonio Brown.
|Full Name||Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr.|
|Known As||Antonio Brown|
|Date of Birth||July 10, 1988|
|Birth Place||Miami, Florida, the USA|
|Nick Name||A.B, Ronald Ocean, Mr. Big Chest|
|Age||34 years old|
|Height||1.78 m (5 feet 10 inches)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Father’s Name||Eddie Brown|
|Mother’s Name||Adrianne Moss|
|Siblings||A younger brother|
|Siblings’ Name||Desmond Brown|
|Ex-Girlfriend’s Name||Chelsie Kyriss|
|Kid||Four sons and two daughters|
|Kids’ Names||Antonio Jr, Apollo, Ali, Antanyiah, and Autonomy Brown|
|Profession||Professional football player|
|League||National Football League (NFL)|
|Net Worth||$20 million|
|Currently plays for||None/ currently a free agent|
|Jersey Number (Recent)||81|
|Career Highlights & Awards|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Trading card, Bobblehead, Signed football|
|Last Update||August, 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.
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 faced a hard time raising two sons on her own and remarried. After that, it became a bit easy for her, but unfortunately, Antonio could not stand his stepfather. As a result, he had frequent grudges with 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 has never looked back.
However, he redeveloped his relationship with both his mother and biological father over time. Now, they are on good terms with one another.
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 his time in high school, he played as a wide receiver and 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 applied for Alcorn State but to no avail.
Then, he enrolled in North Carolina Tech Prep and played there for a season before moving once more 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.
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 his high school days.
Even though he felt quite hard adjusting to college life and attending training and practice sessions on time.
However, coach Zach Azzani, recognizing his potential, behaved with him as his own 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.
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 and 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 to be of tremendous success as his team advanced to the Super Bowl XLV in his first-ever NFL season. Moreover, he had overall 16 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 new 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 he finally left the club at the end of the 2018 season.
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 to club disciplines and started bunking practice sessions. As a result, he never improved his relationship with the team again. In fact, 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 signs of modesty after he apologized 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 a 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 in the Patriots.
Moreover, other 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 series of bad episodes, he finally signed a one-year contract with the Bucs in October.
While on Buccaneers, he showed signs of 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 he would soon take legal action against the club.
Besides his sports career, he has already been featured in a couple of tv shows, including The Masked Singer and Dancing with The Stars.
Moreover, he had a brief appearance in Drake’s “God’s Plan” and has sung 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 at 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. After her open relationship with Brown, she gained popularity and became a social media sensation overnight.
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 has had many other girlfriends prior to 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. He has already earned more than $75 million in his entire NFL career to date.
He earns mainly playing the league games. However, he has suffered a huge loss as he missed many games due to frequent controversies and brawls.
He made around $0.35 million from the Pittsburgh Steelers in his rookie season alone. They paid him higher the next year, and his salary kept skyrocketing over the years despite the tumultuous career.
Moreover, he has accumulated a lot of wealth through merch sales and endorsements from companies such as Nike, Pepsi, etc.
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 has also said that he wished to play alongside Lamar Jackson. However, the Ravens have not responded officially about this matter yet.