Antonio Brown serving as mentor to Browns draftee Antonio Callaway

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Antonio Brown has been a nemesis of the Cleveland Browns for years as he’s wreaked havoc throughout the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Browns may eventually have to end up thanking Brown for his assistance with Cleveland’s newest wide receiver.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Brown has been mentoring Cleveland’s fourth-round pick, Antonio Callaway, in recent weeks. The two connected through Twitter and have fostered a relationship through their both being from Miami. Brown was even in attendance for Callaway’s draft party last weekend.

“He has a special affinity for the kids that are from here,” Callaway’s agent, Malki Kaha, said of the relationship with Brown. “He’s showing him not only what it takes to be a pro, but be one of the best.”

Callaway had a checkered resume from his time at Florida and throughout the draft process that helped lead to his sliding to day three of the draft. He was suspended for the 2017 season for allegedly using stolen credit card data. He was investigated for sexual assault but cleared following a Title IX hearing in 2016. Additionally, drug concerns linger after he was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession a year ago and due to a failed drug test at the NFL Combine due to a diluted sample.

Those issues don’t preclude Callaway from having a successful NFL career. However, it’s certainly a reason to be wary of him as a prospect. That’s where Brown’s leadership could come into play in helping keep Callaway focused on the objective at hand and giving him a sense for the commitment required to make it as a receiver in the NFL.

14 responses to “Antonio Brown serving as mentor to Browns draftee Antonio Callaway

  1. Brown will be a very good mentor to have. Only thing about NFL prospects, many of them never overcome off the field issues or stupid decisions. Hope Callaway get’s it all together.

  2. Antonio Callaway is a top 5 NFL WR if he can stay on the field. He can do it all. Run after the catch and kick returns too. I don’t blame teams for shying away, but the kid is super talented. I don’t know what special talents Antonio Brown possesses that might help keep this kid straight, but just the fact that he’s putting in the effort, says a lot. The NFL will take pot off the list pretty soon. Callaway will have his own credit card. Hopefully the sexual assault investigation that cleared him was legit. I don’t think the Rooney family would have drafted this kid without a thorough investigation. I also don’t think Antonio would be interested in this guy if he was a bad kid. This could end up being the steal of the draft. I’m really looking forward to seeing these two WR’s on the field at the same time. The rest of the NFL is not.

  3. Charliecharger, the Browns drafted Calloway, Brown is just being nice enough to help mentor him. That’s a really cool gesture from our division rival. Kudos to him for looking beyond the rivalry to help a guy out.

  4. You don’t think there is an agenda behind this because I sure do. Antonio Brown is just worried about Denziel Ward and will use Callaway to unknowingly dole out information on techniques he used in training camp just to gain any competitive advantage he can.

  5. Nice gesture by Brown. Who knows whether or not Callaway will listen. You can’t fix stupid.

  6. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    May 4, 2018 at 10:22 am
    You don’t think there is an agenda behind this because I sure do. Antonio Brown is just worried about Denzel Ward and will use Callaway to unknowingly dole out information on techniques he used in training camp just to gain any competitive advantage he can.

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    Can’t be serious. Brown does a rookie on your team a favor and you come up with some moron conspiracy theory to ruin it. I’m sure a guy as accomplished as AB is paralyzed with fear over some rookie CB the Browns reached for in the draft this year.

  7. mmmpierogi says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:20 pm
    Can’t be serious. Brown does a rookie on your team a favor and you come up with some moron conspiracy theory to ruin it. I’m sure a guy as accomplished as AB is paralyzed with fear over some rookie CB the Browns reached for in the draft this year.
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    He was by far the best CB in the draft, and they needed a CB. That’s a very weak position to call it a reach. Time will tell. And don’t act like “push off AB” is Mother Teresa because he’s not.

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