Antonio Brown finally has a new NFL team to call his own. The Glazer family-owned Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to bring in the highly rated wide receiver earlier this week. Brown last played in the NFL in 2019 for the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick.
He was linked to the Tampa Bay outfit last season, but back then Head Coach Bruce Arians thought of Brown as a ‘lost cause’. Arians infamously claimed that AB had ‘too much diva’.
However, a year down the line, the 32-year-old star is back in Florida and raring to go while playing alongside good friend, Tom Brady.
Antonio Brown could make his NFL debut next week
We've signed WR Antonio Brown.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 27, 2020
Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians is pleased with new signing Antonio Brown as per recent reports. The former New England Patriots wideout was signed on a one-year contract with the Florida-based outfit.
It will be interesting to see if Bruce throws Brown right back into action after the latter’s 8-game suspension ends this weekend. “He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I. He was in the meetings and everything.
“And he’s working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff. He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week,” Arians told NFL Network’s Jenna Laine.
Tom Brady rallies behind new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate
One of the major factors that brought Antonio Brown to Tampa Bay was the support from a former teammate, Tom Brady. The two played together for a brief period in New England last year.
Here’s what Brady said with regards to Antonio Brown’s arrival in Florida. “Over the years, when you transition from a younger player to an older player, you really want to see guys succeed and you want to see guys do well.
“It’s always about maximizing your potential. I had a lot of people support me over the years, realizing that I was far from where I needed to be, and they would guide me and provide me with the help I needed as a player to reach my potential.
“And I think that’s how you impact people. We talk about it a lot as professional athletes—how you impact people on the field is one thing, how you impact people off the field is another…
“You just try your best everyday, realizing that a lot of people weren’t born with the same advantages that I had growing up….I want to see other guys succeed, and a lot of joy in my experience comes from seeing other people be their best, and seeing people succeed in ways that can set their family up,” Brady said via Sports Illustrated.