‘Known AB for a Long Time’- Ndamukong Suh Lauds Buccaneers Teammate Antonio Brown

Published 02/27/2021, 9:31 AM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season, veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown was handed an eight-game ban. He announced his retirement via social media on two occasions but surprisingly rescinded it later on.

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Due to his controversial off-field issues and ongoing legal struggles, not many NFL teams were willing to take a risk by bringing in the former Pittsburgh Steelers man.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball as Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) attempted to defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

However, Tom Brady managed to convince Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians to hand AB a short-term deal. The two players previously played together in 2019 under Bill Belichick for the New England Patriots. What a shrewd piece of business that turned out to be!

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Brown featured in 8 games during the regular season. He had 483 receiving yards on 45 receptions with 4 receiving touchdowns.

The 32-year-old also had 2 receiving touchdowns in the Playoffs, including one in the 9-31 Super Bowl LV win over Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ndamukong Suh gives Antonio Brown credit for silencing doubters

In a recent conversation with NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh was asked to give his initial reaction on finding out that Antonio Brown will be part of the roster from Week 9 onwards.

He replied, “I’ve known AB for a long time, we were in the same draft together, same draft class and everything…good dude always had a great relationship with him. And so for me, it was easy.

“Obviously BA (Bruce Arians) was very public of what his expectations were of AB and he followed through. So I give him all the credit for doing that. And I think that’s really all he needed to understand what was expected of him.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“And that’s really 90% of the people in the world. Give me my expectations, what you need from me, and then let me go and be an adult and that’s really what he did,” Suh said on Club Shay.

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It remains unclear with AB will return for the Buccaneers in 2021. WR Chris Godwin is also currently negotiating a contract extension with the NFC South franchise.

Coach Arians will be aware that he needs a strong wide receiver corps in order to successfully defend their Super Bowl title. But can the Bucs convince Brown to return, or will he move away for a big paycheck?

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