Kevin Colbert: I was happy for Antonio Brown winning the Super Bowl

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Boston kept close tabs on Tom Brady‘s first Super Bowl appearance for a team other than the Patriots and that wasn’t the only other NFL city with ties to this year’s Buccaneers squad.

The Steelers have plenty of connections to Tampa. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was the Steelers offensive coordinator for five seasons while Bucs assistants Byron Leftwich, Larry Foote, and Antwan Randle-El all played for the team. So did defensive tackle Steve McLendon and cornerback Ross Cockrell, but the active player with the deepest history in Pittsburgh is likely wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown starred for the Steelers for nine seasons, but his tenure with the team ended in acrimony at the end of the 2018 season. Brown forced a trade away from the team after missing practices, criticizing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and generally making life miserable for the team. Despite all that, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert had a positive response to Sunday’s win.

“I was happy for A.B. to win a Super Bowl trophy,” Colbert said on WDVE, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s something that is unique. Once a player does it, there is nothing else that can compare. When you get that first one, it’s unique and you remember it. Those [ex-Steelers], I know they enjoyed that. That was a special group. And we are happy for all of them.”

Brown’s behavior with the Raiders made for a short stay with them and accusations of sexual assault brought his time with the Patriots to an end after one game. He served an eight-game suspension to open this season as well and the distance all of that provides from his time with the Steelers may have made it easier for Colbert to find a smile for the wideout on Sunday.

28 responses to “Kevin Colbert: I was happy for Antonio Brown winning the Super Bowl

  1. If a guy was ever lying thru his teeth, it is Colbert. As a Steelers fan, it is pretty nightmarish to see Brady coddle Brown like a little brother,and then see Brown win a Ring.

  2. Nice to see Antonio turn his life around. Brady stuck his neck out for em and Brown returned the favor and helped himself and his new team in the process. ☠ Super Bowl Champs!!! Let’s Go Bucs!!!

  3. The Brady Factor. AB and Fournette both pulled their heads out of their backsides and turned into driven, motivated men playing up to their potential on the Bucs this year. That didn’t happen by chance. I’m not a huge Brady fan but he is a case study in leadership and anyone who doubted that up to now, shouldn’t anymore.

  4. He’s probably in a small group here. Sorry there are others like Dan Marino who played the game the right way and never got a ring. It’s shame the a-hole got one and people like him didn’t. Something just doesn’t seem right about this? Do everything you can to be divisive, disruptive, and selfish and your reward is to be put on a super bowl team. What a crock

  5. Sure you were Kevin. I get why he said that, but I don’t think many people were “happy for A.B.” Myself included.

  6. Eddytap: There is a very important lesson with AB. Yes, he was a jerk. He was also punished. Once the punishment is over, let him start again and don’t hold his past against him. He has not done anything since that time that warrants criticism for off-field behavior. He is a model for a lot of young people who need a second chance. Just like the Bucs gave AB a second chance, there are a lot of people out there who need a second chance.

  7. I can’t find it in me to be happy for AB, but I am happy he helped people most likely more deserving in Tampa Bay to reach the promised land.

  8. Maybe it’s 50-50 here in the Burgh but a lot of my friends were pulling for the Bucs.

    Good feelings generally here for Bruce Arians, Randle-El, Byron Leftwich, Larry Foote and Steve McClendon. They had a run kinda like the like the 04 Steelers that were a sixth seed and ran the table after being out of the playoff picture late in the year….even wearing white as the home team.

    AB? A lot of people feel that he was a good story…had been homeless a while as a kid, overlooked by the FLA schools, drafted really low…..and it’s funny had the Steelers gotten Mike Wallace to the long term deal, AB would have likely gone somewhere else.

  9. As a Steelers fan, I wouldn’t say I like Tom Brady, nothing personal but mostly because he whips my Team, no matter the coach. But one thing about Tom that I hope all football players and fans appreciate is his approach to the game. You heard Bruce Arians say, and you never want to over-load Big Ben. You heard Emmanuel Sanders talk about the difference in leadership from Peyton Manning to Big Ben. We definitely saw how a lack of leadership led to the bad blood between Ben and AB. It’s not a surprise that AB gravitated to Brady. In sports, better yet, in life, we all take for granted how important leadership is. We all saw what happened on January 6th, after 4 years of bad leadership, and we have definitely seen how bad leadership has to lead the Steelers off the rails. We haven’t won a playoff game since 2016, and the exits have been worse. 2016 36 to 17 loss to New England, 2017 45 to 42 loss to Jaguars but this game was not close, 2020 48 to 37 loss to the Browns. Oh well, maybe just one more year of Ben before the nightmare is finally over.

  10. Also they’re called the New England Patriots, not the Boston Patriots. Foxborough is closer to Providence than Boston. The Pats even fly outta Rhode Island not Massachusetts…

  11. I really understand why people dislike Antonio Brown. However his misbehaving is a lot different from rape accusations. Big Ben of Pittsburgh had assault charges against him by a female. Accusations without a person filing a criminal charge and being interrogated by the police are questionable! If Antonio has mental health issues he should be given the opportunity to address those issues. Josh Gordon of Seattle has been given numerous opportunities to correct his substance abuse issues. So give the emotionally erratic Brown another chance. Tampa did and are better off for doing so!

    When Antonio Brown is in the game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he requires double coverage which makes the entire offense exponentially better!

  12. I was extremely happy for AB. Everyone wants to pile on AB – he was best player on the Steelers for 8 years, never heard a peep out of him, until Ben started poking the bear and trying to embarrass him publically by blaming his piss-poor interceptions on AB’s route-running.

  13. It’s amazing how quickly people simply ignore AB’s transgressions.

    Some people really need to look into how serious some of the things he’s done are.

  14. AB who? He doesn’t reach my radar screen anymore. Thinking he has changed is really silly tigers don’t lose their stripes and cheaters never lose their stench(Brady)

  15. mm556 says:
    February 9, 2021 at 9:35 am
    It’s amazing how quickly people simply ignore AB’s transgressions.

    Some people really need to look into how serious some of the things he’s done are.

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    nothing close to what Tyreek Hill did….

  16. AB…. one of the most non deserving individuals to win a championship, but the same could be said about Tyreek Hill, so there is that…..

  17. Vasteelerfan says:
    February 9, 2021 at 9:43 am
    AB who? He doesn’t reach my radar screen anymore. Thinking he has changed is really silly tigers don’t lose their stripes and cheaters never lose their stench(Brady)

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    And weak-minded coaches who routinely get bounced in the postseason don’t suddenly become winners

  18. Whether he deserved the ring or not. It still cost about 30 million in Raider dollars and the time off for suspension, the money he has to pay off sex assault victims, lawyer cost and let’s not forget all of his unpaid bills. If Vegas put a line on who’s ring ends up in a pawn shop first A.B. would be the favorite betting line and I would bet it.

  19. And weak-minded coaches who routinely get bounced in the postseason don’t suddenly become winners

    And racists rarely become saints.

  20. And weak-minded coaches who routinely get bounced in the postseason don’t suddenly become winners

    And racists rarely become good people. Some people are jealous of Tomlin….it says more about your character than it does about his coaching.

  21. Steelers should suck it up and resign Antonio Brown. He got a ring and made his point, time to come home

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