Antonio Brown turns 30, won’t “pay attention to my age”

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did more before turning 30 than a lot of players do in their entire careers.

Brown’s 733 catches and 9,910 yards are more than any other receiver since he entered the league and he reached 700 catches faster than any other player in league history. Brown’s 2017 season also closed a five-year stretch that saw Brown compile more catches and receiving yards than any other player over any other five-year span in league history.

Brown is no longer under 30 — his birthday was on Tuesday — but it doesn’t sound like the day is one that carries much significance to his frame of mind.

“I don’t pay attention to my age,” Brown said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “I’m feeling great, I’m healthy and I’m in great shape. I feel as long as I have that, I can continue to be productive. … Life is all about challenges and working to be the best. You never want to limp away from the game.”

Fowler and the Steelers both took Brown’s birthday as a chance to point out that Brown had more catches and receiving yards before turning 30 than Jerry Rice, which illustrates both how productive Brown has been since entering the league and how remarkable it was that Rice caught 1,000 passes for 13,546 yards after his own 30th birthday.

One can’t expect Brown or any receiver to play at the same level for as long as Rice did, but it won’t take too many more years similar to the ones he’s had for Brown to plant himself high on the NFL’s all-time receiving lists.

22 responses to “Antonio Brown turns 30, won’t “pay attention to my age”

  1. You may not pay attention to your age, Antonio, but your body will.

    Father Time stops for no one.

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    It’s impossible to tell when a player will lose a step, however Brown has put a lot of hard miles on his body in recent years.
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  3. On a related note, Ben Roethlisberger turned 36 and won’t pay attention to the number of defenders on AB at any time.

  4. Brown doesn’t rely on speed or brute strength though. He runs smart routes. I dont see why he cant play several more years.

  5. Remember the time he pulled up to camp in the back of a Rolls Royce like a scene out of Driving Miss Daisy. In 5 years TOPS that won’t be a “scene” anymore. He’ll be looking like Morgan Freeman and asking the car next to him for some Grey Poupon.

  6. I know many fans hate him know but Jerry Rice played until he was 42 years old. He still cried his eyes out when he had to give it up.

    For youngsters Antonio Brown is VERY much like the legend of Jerry Rice. I know the popular thing to do these days is to tear everything down and claim they all suck but I tend to appreciate watching greatness. That’s a big part of the sports appeal. Watching the legends.

  7. Gonna come down to him and Rice as the goat when it’s all said and done. It’s funny how people thought the Steelers were dumb for signing Brown over Wallace.

  8. I loved Jerry Rice growing up and later on until he admitted to habitual stickum use throughout his career. Now it is impossible to watch any of his highlights without feeling queasy. “Everyone was doing it” — sure Jerry, in your head.

  9. He has so many good years left and his game is predicated on intelligence and competitiveness. He’s definitely going to go down as one of the greatest receivers of all time.

  10. I didn’t know Antonio Brown was this good. The most amazing thing is his small stature as a wide receiver and how productive he is. Basically his career trajectory is to be a hall of famer and possibly supplanting Jerry Rice as the GOAT? If he can put in another good 8-10 years we will see

  11. As long as he has a Hall of Fame caliber throwing him the ball…his career will continue to be productive…but god forbid he doesn’t have a top flight QB…have you seen his numbers without Big Ben…?

  12. Have you seen any wide receivers numbers without the starting quarterback? There’s no bigger drop off in talent than starting qb to backup. Landry Jones was throwing the ball for goodness sake.

  13. I didn’t know Antonio Brown was this good. The most amazing thing is his small stature as a wide receiver and how productive he is. Basically his career trajectory is to be a hall of famer and possibly supplanting Jerry Rice as the GOAT? If he can put in another good 8-10 years we will see
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    Torry Holt had a pretty absurd run early on as well.

    Brown will have to continue this clip for a few more years just to make the Hall.

  14. He will hit the WALL sooner rather than later and his numbers will drop off dramatically. Then he will know.

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