Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works

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Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says the hardest-working player in the NFL is now a rival in the AFC West.

Sanders said on 104.3 in Denver that his old Steelers teammate Antonio Brown, who was traded to the Raiders this offseason, is the single hardest-working player he’s been around. Sanders admitted that even he can’t match how hard Brown pushes himself.

“There’s nobody in the NFL who can match how hard Antonio works. If I can’t match it, nobody can,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ comments echo those of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who said Brown is the hardest-working practice player he’s ever seen. There have been questions about how easy Brown is to get along with, but no one questions how hard he works.

34 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works

  1. To bad AB won’t have anyone that can get him the ball. What happens then? We all know, diva-time.

  2. I have serious doubts that Antonio Brown or LeVeone Bell will have any impact this year. Especially Bell.

  3. AB quit on the Steelers before their biggest game of the year simply because another receiver was voted team MVP. He’d rather lose while putting up big numbers than win with poor stats. We’ve all seen him pout when he doesn’t get the ball even if the resulting play is a touchdown. Teams can’t win with players like that. Sanders can say all the nice things he wants about AB during practice, but when the games are for real and Carr can’t get him the ball he’ll tear the fragile Raiders’ locker room apart…

  4. There are YouTube clips of some of his workouts, if anyone doubts this. They’re insane.

  5. riverhorsey says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:41 am
    He should try working on being a team player. Working hard in practice only works when you’re at practice.
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    He is a team player. Your teammates want you to produce on Sundays. He does that and more.

  6. I’m fine being critical of AB’s off-the-field antics because he’s solely responsible for it, but from everything I’ve read over the years, his work ethic is unparalleled. Not just football skills, but basic physical conditioning. Aside from production, had to be a major reason the Steelers/Tomlin dealt with AB for so long. As long as he doesn’t suffer a serious injury, should have a lot of games ahead of him.

  7. Randy Moss was very similar. His work ethic was amazing. He has some issues but you couldn’t question his work ethic.

  8. Nobody ever questioned his work ethic or his athletic ability. It’s all the other BS that goes along him

  9. What the heck that that have ANYTHING to do with his personality or the type of teammate he is. Nobody questioned his workout routine. It is the obvious character flaws that has people questioning him.

  10. mmmpierogi says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

    ….his work ethic is unparalleled. Not just football skills, but basic physical conditioning.

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    ah hem…. James Harrison.

  11. I’m sick everybody criticizing AB personality, he’s a human being and it means nobody is perfect, to me he’s a hall of fame talent with issues like everyone else.

  12. When AB doesn’t get all the balls he wants because he’s double teamed and Carr isn’t the quarterback Big Ben is, then by week 10, when Brown’s personal numbers are nowhere near his usual numbers, you will see Brown tear Carr’s ear off moaning and complaining.

    From week# 10 to the regular season, Brown will show his true self again and Gruden will know that he’s been snookered again by the Steelers; just like when we traded him Martavius Bryant and we got a 3rd round pick for him.

  13. factschecker says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:58 am
    Randy Moss was very similar. His work ethic was amazing. He has some issues but you couldn’t question his work ethic.
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    This is complete BS, Moss “played when he wanted to.”

    He should have been the greatest ever by far, but he’s not because he didn’t want the work that came with it.

  14. Players can do all the physical training and conditioning known to man. Unfortunately the brain is not excercised!

  15. AB is a guy who is great when things are going well, but we all saw what happened in Pittsburgh when things didn’t go well. That reputation will never go away unless he drastically changes his outlook and behavior. The Raiders are up and coming, but still have many holes to fill including a shaky QB.

  16. “ron69 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 10:32 am
    I’m sick everybody criticizing AB personality, he’s a human being and it means nobody is perfect, to me he’s a hall of fame talent with issues like everyone else.”

    Yep, you’re right. Let me put down the couch I was about to throw off the balcony.

  17. Years ago Sanders signed a RFA offer from the Pats, but the Steelers wisely matched it. I’ve always thought it was a shame that the Pats were so close to having a WR of Sanders quality these past several years

  18. Sanders wisely left Pittsburgh and became a Superbowl champion. Look for Brown to do the same now that he’s free from that toxic locker room, unruly and obnoxious fans, and front office that can’t draft its way out of a wet paper bag.

  19. youngnoize says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:37 am
    His will to be great is inspiring. Everyone should have that type of work ethic in terms of their 9-to-5. Sadly, most don’t.
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    I’m all for being the best at whatever it is you’re doing, but its a little unfair to expect the same commitment and passion from someone mining for coal or changing bed pans. The best bed pan changer is going to make like $9.25/hour. The best wide receiver has that throw a chair out the window money.

  20. granadafan says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:03 pm
    AB is a guy who is great when things are going well, but we all saw what happened in Pittsburgh when things didn’t go well. That reputation will never go away unless he drastically changes his outlook and behavior. The Raiders are up and coming, but still have many holes to fill including a shaky QB.
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    So basically you’re saying he’s human? And who did Derek Carr have to throw to last year? The Raiders’ receiving core was nothing to write home about.

  21. youngnoize says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:45 am
    riverhorsey says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:41 am
    He should try working on being a team player. Working hard in practice only works when you’re at practice.
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    He is a team player. Your teammates want you to produce on Sundays. He does that and more.

    53 45 Rat

    …Except when he refuses to play and quits on his teammates

  22. If you work super hard and see others not pulling their weight, it gets old real quick. Ben Rothlisbergererer made a lot of money off Brown and then criticized him. Who wants to work with someone like that? Nobody.

  23. Im sure Carr and AB will work wonders, just like Carr did with Cooper.
    It’s hard not to see Cooper earning a monster deal in the near future to run those routes. After a slow start to the 2018 season in Oakland, the 24-year-old came alive following a midseason trade to Dallas, racking up 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Cowboys. He tallied only 22 catches for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games with the Raiders.

  24. No QB in the history of the NFL has more fourth-quarter comebacks through their first five seasons than Derek Carr. And since entering the league in 2014, Carr is tied for first among all QBs in fourth-quarter comebacks and ranks third in game-winning drives during the same time span. In 2016, he notched seven game-winning drives, which was good for second-best in NFL history for a single season.
    7th in PFF passing grade (82.8)
    7th in adjusted completion percentage (77.8%)
    15th in passer rating (94.6)
    14th in big-time throw percentage (4.24%)
    18th in turnover-worthy play percentage (2.83%)
    I always feel like the analytics are against the grain when it comes to Carr, but those numbers are solid. He’s a top 7 QB in passing grade and adjusted completion percentage, while sitting middle of the pack in passer rating and big-time throw percentage.

  25. If only all the hard work in front of video cameras translated to being a better human being and teammate.

  26. kilgoretrout2 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    youngnoize says:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:37 am
    His will to be great is inspiring. Everyone should have that type of work ethic in terms of their 9-to-5. Sadly, most don’t.
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    I’m all for being the best at whatever it is you’re doing, but its a little unfair to expect the same commitment and passion from someone mining for coal or changing bed pans. The best bed pan changer is going to make like $9.25/hour. The best wide receiver has that throw a chair out the window money.
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    Why is it? He wouldn’t have earned that kind of money without working as hard as he does. What makes it different for other people? Folks choose their careers.

  27. jrquiz says:
    June 13, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Steelers will regret not paying Bell and trading Brown away.
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    1) They offered Bell more money than he signed for.
    He wanted more money, and that’s fine, but the Steelers were correct in his market value.

    2) Brown demanded the trade.
    So what, they should have forced another Bell, will he or won’t he play situation?

    I’m not sure what your point is, but it’s not valid.

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