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Steelers vote Antonio Brown their team MVP

Antonio Brown, Isaac Redman AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers have voted Antonio Brown their team’s most valuable player.

The selection of Brown as the top player on the team sounds surprising at first, but maybe it shouldn’t: There are few players in the NFL who contribute to their teams in as many different ways as Brown does.

Brown is one of the league’s top return men, ranking fourth in the NFL with a 27.7-yard kickoff return average and 10th in the NFL with a 10.8-yard punt return average. He’s the Steelers’ No. 2 receiver, with 63 catches for 1,018 yards, and he ranks second in the NFL with 2,048 all-purpose yards.

Does that make Brown a more valuable player than Ben Roethlisberger? Or Troy Polamalu? Or Mike Wallace? Or Brett Keisel? According to his teammates, it does.

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  1. The Commish says: Dec 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    Good for him! Nice to see an “unsung hero” type guy get some recognition!

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 29, 2011 12:54 PM

    These team MVP awards are usually more to honor a players hard work and respect he has earned from his teammates. The players don’t sit back and think “who is the most VALUABLE to this team?”. Antonio Brown worked his butt off this offseason and worked his way up a muttled WR depth chart and essentially demanded a starting role. Is he more “valuable” than Big Ben or Polamalu? Of course not. But he earned the locker room’s respect this year and this is the teams way of thanking him.

  3. redguy12588 says: Dec 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    What an honor for the young guy, way to go. Can’t see a problem with that, he’s more talented and has a better attitude than Holmes ever did.

  4. 6andcounting says: Dec 29, 2011 1:00 PM

    Congrats Antonio…Chest up, Eyes up, Prayed up!!!!

  5. seaner44 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:00 PM

    James Harrison is salivating at the chance to knock him out of practice this week

  6. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    Good for him! He is better than Holmes, holmes is a bum.

  7. bhindenemylines says: Dec 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    ” There are few players in the NFL who contribute to their teams in as many different ways as Brown does.”

    That may be true, but without Big Ben this team would struggle to keep it’s head above .500. He’s the MVP.

  8. jaggedmark says: Dec 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    Good for him. He deserved it.

  9. Stiller43 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:14 PM

    Agree with the posters above. Do team mates actually consider him more valuable than ben or troy, most likely not.

    However, by all accounts, he is the hardest working person on the team, and it’s great to see him get recognized for it.

  10. richm2256 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:18 PM

    31 other teams have NOT announced a “Most Valuable Player”……

    just sayin’

  11. therealcoltmccoy says: Dec 29, 2011 1:22 PM

    Gotta give respect to the kid. From everything I’ve read he’s very driven, humble, and extremely hard working. Why can’t the Brownies ever find someone like him…

  12. wvucolumbus says: Dec 29, 2011 1:22 PM

    6andcounting-What an article that was in the PPG about Antonio Brown. This guy came from nothing and is not only an emerging force in the game but a role model to his little brother. Coming from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the US this guy clearly gets it.

    Chest up, Eyes up, Prayed up…..indeed!

  13. sixburghrules says: Dec 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    Antonio is going to be (if he isn’t already) a STAR in the NFL. From what I have (or haven’t heard negative of) he is a team player, works hard and an all around good person! Solid good pick-up for the Steelers! I hope him and Wallace stay for years to come! WTG Antonio

  14. holeinone09 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Nice recognition for Antonio by his teammates, and was deserved. He clearly contributed in a number of ways this year, and made a big positive impact. He and Wallace will represent a core of tremendous recievers for years to come.

    Was he the “most” valuable player on the team. Hard to say that all things considered Ben wasn’t/isn’t, but I don’t think the team defines/votes the award that way. To me, Antonio was probably biggest impact based on what was expected at the outset.

    GO STEELERS!!

  15. shotgunformation5wide says: Dec 29, 2011 1:52 PM

    If you saw the Rams game last week ….. he stopped their kicker short with a great tackle on an attempted fake punt. He’s not only talented ….but smaaart!!!! Congrats Antonio!!

  16. sixburghrules says: Dec 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    Stiller43 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:14 PM

    Agree with the posters above. Do team mates actually consider him more valuable than ben or troy, most likely not.

    However, by all accounts, he is the hardest working person on the team, and it’s great to see him get recognized for it.
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    I agree completely but they need to give notice to young top performers as well. Troy, Ben James, Woodley have all gotten recognized by the Steelers and their peers! This is the first of many recognitions for this kid!

  17. ottomanismydog says: Dec 29, 2011 1:55 PM

    Steelers team MVP typically translating to the hardest working player that sees results on the field. You don’t have to be the best player on the team but the guy who wins the locker room through their preperation, determination and game day results.

    With that, Congratulations Antonio Brown!

  18. CKL says: Dec 29, 2011 2:04 PM

    bhindenemylines says:
    Dec 29, 2011 1:07 PM
    ” There are few players in the NFL who contribute to their teams in as many different ways as Brown does.”

    That may be true, but without Big Ben this team would struggle to keep it’s head above .500. He’s the MVP.
    _________________________________
    A guy whose offense scores .1 ppg more than the Dolphins and who has 21 total TDs against 19 total turnovers is Pitt’s MVP?

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 29, 2011 2:06 PM

    Don’t know what games some of you were watching this year – you definitely need to take off your rapistcolored glasses.

    Without Brown this year this team is at best a wild-card this year and probably not in at all.

  20. cincybert says: Dec 29, 2011 2:30 PM

    Good for Antonio Brown. He has been a big difference maker for the Steelers this year. He is on track to spending the next 10 years as the second best receiver in the AFC North, right behind AJ Green.

  21. wtf2812 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:41 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag – All you do is criticize the Steelers every chance you get. While I would not understate Brown’s value, to say the team is a wild card at best and probably not in at all without him is hilarious. Especially since they very well may be a wild card team any way. However, this team is pretty damn good with or without Brown. But his contributions have been noticed and rewarded.

  22. bigbeefyd says: Dec 29, 2011 2:53 PM

    Dude was a beast on my FF team (Plaxidental Shooting).

  23. ac540 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:54 PM

    I’m sure he took this meaningless award and walked 10 yards downfield and stared like he was something special, after he does after every one of his catches while the defense focuses on Wallace and Miller. You’re a talented player, but learn some humility, kid.

  24. realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Dec 29, 2011 2:55 PM

    My choice would have been the team’s lawyer’s for keeping the rapist on the field and out of jail…

  25. mvpolamalu says: Dec 29, 2011 2:55 PM

    I’ll take him over santonio all day!

  26. steelersownyou says: Dec 29, 2011 2:57 PM

    Can’t knock the nod to antonio, but I would have to vote Ike taylor. We are #1 in NFL against the pass, and all he does week in & week out is shutdown oppposing teams top receiver every week..I gotta vote him as mvp!

  27. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Dec 29, 2011 3:04 PM

    Who?

  28. chocolatebaconbutter says: Dec 29, 2011 3:23 PM

    Tebow voted for Antonio Brown too.

  29. gnutella0 says: Dec 29, 2011 3:53 PM

    Antonio Brown only needed two seasons in the NFL to have as many 1,000-yard receiving seasons as Santonio Holmes has. Add in his work on special teams, and he deserved to be the team MVP. He’s played head-and-shoulders above expectations.

    On a related note, just last season, Mike Wallace, who was in his second season, had more receiving yards and TD receptions in a single season than Holmes has ever had.

    This begs a few questions for certain people who hate certain Steelers players:

    1. Was Santonio Holmes ever as good as he was made out to be? Great catch in Super Bowl XLIII, but then again, Desmond Howard had a great kickoff return TD in Super Bowl XXXI, and nobody mistakes him for a great player.

    2. Isn’t it interesting how easily Holmes has been replaced in Pittsburgh? After all, Mike Wallace’s best season in the league is already better than Holmes’ best season, and now Antonio Brown is making lots of noise too, in spite of being on the same team as Wallace, and still relatively inexperienced. And it didn’t take either WR as long to have their breakout seasons as it took Holmes.

    3. What’s the common denominator between Holmes, Brown and Wallace? The most productive season for each of them occurred with a certain QB throwing them the ball. Holmes’ star has been falling since he left Pittsburgh, and two young WRs have risen in his place in spite of their lack of experience. So who’s “making” whom here? (Who’s “missing” whom here, for that matter?)

  30. charmcityravens says: Dec 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    Moreover, it’s a surprising pick b/c as far as I’m aware, Antonio Brown has never:

    -Been arrested for a crime in the state of Georgia.
    -Been fined or suspended for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player.
    -Been involved in a photo shoot brandishing firearms.
    -Made disparaging remarks about the league commissioner in a public forum.
    -Been arrested for domestic assault on a female.
    -Been arrested after fighting the paper towel dispenser in a Sheetz public restroom.

    In fact, are we sure this guy is really a Steeler?

  31. groess says: Dec 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    @claymatthewsisonsteroids

    If you don’t know who Antonio Brown is, you’re not much of a football fan.

  32. groess says: Dec 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    @ ace540

    You are right. I’m a Steeler fan, but the kid has got to learn to catch the ball and just go back to the huddle, like it’s no big deal and he’s goin’ catch many more.

  33. gnutella0 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:10 PM

    You’re right. Antonio Brown has never been arrested for a crime in Georgia. That means he and his QB have something in common. (Unfortunately, that’s a difference between him and one of his fellow WRs.)

  34. needle379 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:11 PM

    None of u were calling Santonio Holmes a bum when he won Pitt a Super Bowl

  35. pistol0928 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:19 PM

    *Young Money* !

    Bugatti Boys are the best receiver group in the league. Wallace, Brown, Sanders… Ugggghhhhhh (Master P voice)

  36. jacklambertslovechild says: Dec 29, 2011 4:30 PM

    Fat Max Starks deserved the MVP… I’ve watched this team all year, and they did not come together until Max 2.0 showed up to solidify the left side of the line. I’ve never been a Max fan, but he has been the team’s true MVP this year.

  37. detroitrollin22 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:36 PM

    I go to Central Michigan and it blows my mind that this guy wasnt drafted higher. He tore up the MAC and has 4.3 speed. IMO he’s the best WR on the Steelers.

    During the 2010 draft I was really hoping that the Lions would have taken him but they decided not to; Oh well.

    FIRE UP CHIPS!!!!!!!!!

  38. shotdoc56 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:45 PM

    Congrats to AB.

  39. gnutella0 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:01 PM

    jacklambertslovechild, good call on Max Starks. The entire left side of the offensive line was hot garbage until Starks came back. In fact, here’s Roethlisberger’s stat lines before and after Starks’ homecoming:

    BEFORE: 85/138, 1,148 yards, 3 TD, 5 INT

    61.6% completion
    287.0 yards per game
    8.3 yards per attempt
    2.2% TD
    3.6% INT

    80.2 rating

    AFTER: 216/335, 2,708 yards, 18 TD, 9 INT

    64.5% completion
    270.8 yards per game
    8.1 yards per attempt
    5.4% TD
    2.7% INT

    96.2 rating

    His percentages for completions, TDs and INTs all improved markedly after Starks came back, as did his passer rating. Next order of business is finding an offensive coordinator who knows how to call plays in the red zone — or, failing that, a PK who can hit more than 75% of his FG attempts.

  40. sdiegosteel says: Dec 29, 2011 5:04 PM

    richm2256 says:

    31 other teams have NOT announced a “Most Valuable Player”……

    just sayin’

    —————————————————

    Certainly such award giving has hurt the franchise from ever reaching any sort of success on the field. What a me-first organization.

  41. gnutella0 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:05 PM

    needle379, you’re right, none of us were calling Santonio Holmes a bum when he helped the Steelers win the Super Bowl. We were calling him a bum the following season, when he was good for at least one bonehead play per game, and then when he decided not to kick his drug habit like his bosses (the Rooney family) told him to back in 2008.

  42. cup1981 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:12 PM

    ‘Grats to AB. He deserves the hell out of it. He busted his ass, remains humble and learned everything he could in a short period of time.

    The biggest thing is how he constantly talks about learning from the older guys, like Ward and Cotchery. Many high-level young guys are too quick to take all of the credit.

  43. steeltiger34 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:16 PM

    This is well deserved! From all that I read, he is the hardest working guy on the team and it shows on game day! He seems like a first class guy and I am proud that he is a Steeler!

  44. nockinon7sdoor says: Dec 29, 2011 6:12 PM

    From Charmcityravens:

    Moreover, it’s a surprising pick b/c as far as I’m aware, Antonio Brown has never:

    -Been arrested for a crime in the state of Georgia. (You mean Ray Lewis?)
    -Been fined or suspended for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player. (referring to Ray Lewis again?)
    -Been involved in a photo shoot brandishing firearms. (so far as I know, nothing illegal or even immoral about that)
    -Made disparaging remarks about the league commissioner in a public forum. (to qoute Derrick Mason on 105.7, The Fan, and also reported ESPN.com, “When asked if he would call Goodell a “joke” to his face, Mason replied: “To me, he’s a joke, because every time I look, he’s talking about performance enhancements instead of talking about trying to figure out a way to make sure football is played in August”).
    -Been arrested for domestic assault on a female. (referring to Leon Searcy when he was a Raven?)
    -Been arrested after fighting the paper towel dispenser in a Sheetz public restroom. (Of course, Gerome Sapp was only arrested for fighting outside a bar [with a teammate])

    Guess Antonio Brown can’t be a Raven either…

  45. lombardisixpack says: Dec 29, 2011 6:12 PM

    What happened to my reply ? I see you infinitely Stupid haters, are still regurgitating the rapist crap. LMBO. Again as my previous post stated. Vast and immensely huge difference between a rapist and a celebrity accused of harassment or wrongful action. First of all there was never any sexual act. This is crucial to it being rape. Anyway, nice to see the classiest franchise in professional sports recognizing a hard working young man. Oh yeah, lol. How many rings does your team have. Thought so !!! To all you idiotic raven fans good luck in coming up with something original and pertaining to these discussions, rather than your usual regurgitation of your rapist swill comments about Ben. And lastly, GOOOOOOO STEELERS !!!!!!!

  46. antibenapalooza says: Dec 29, 2011 7:54 PM

    lombardisixpack, there is a solution to the haters (I am proud to be one), get rid of Pig Ben Rottenberger!

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