One professional Hall of Fame member believes Antonio Brown will never be able to get rid of the idea of how former Buccaneers widescreen receiver is running from MetLife Stadium in the middle of the team’s match in week 17 against the Jets.
In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, Eric Dickerson, a six-time Pro Bowl runner, said Brown’s decision to take off his shirt and leave the field during the third quarter of the match is something that “will follow” him for the rest of his life. ”
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“When he’s my age, when he’s 61, he’ll still follow him,” Dickerson said. “Man, he’s such a good player. He works hard. There’s no doubt about his work ethic. But the other things, it’s like wow.”
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters immediately after the match that Brown was “no longer Buc” and the team officially released him a few days later. Brown argued on social networks that he was struggling with an ankle injury and could not physically play, but the Buccaneers claimed that Brown was entitled to play. They also said that Brown had never indicated to the medical staff that he could not play.
In his upcoming book, Watch My Smoke, Dickerson claims that Rams coach John Robinson has ordered him to play through a thigh injury in his final match with the team. Dickerson told Bell that while his relationship with the Rams did not end well before Los Angeles sent him to Indianapolis in 1987, he never thought he would just leave the field.
“I saw Antonio Brown’s situation and I felt like this: There were times when I hated the Rams,” Dickerson said. “I hated the team. I hated the organization, the way they did things. But I would never, ever leave the football field. I always wanted to play hard. Look, you may have a lead problem, but you have your teammates there …
“Let me tell you something. I know how it works: They want you to play your ass there. They don’t care if you’re hurt or not. They don’t care. They really don’t. They want you.” and then deal with the consequences later. If you can never play again, but you can help them win the game, that’s fine. It’s up to you. But I just felt he shouldn’t have done it. “
In 15 games with the Buccaneers, Brown received a total of 87 admissions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. In a statement published through his legal representativeBrown said he plans to undergo ankle surgery and play again next season.
“Once my operation is complete, I will be back 100 percent and looking forward to next season,” Brown said. “Business will flourish!”