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AB is MVP once again

Posted Dec 27, 2017

Antonio Brown was voted Steelers Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

It should come as no surprise that Antonio Brown managed to do what no player in Steelers history has ever done, and that is win team MVP honors four times in his career. Brown was voted the Steelers 2017 Most Valuable Player by his teammates, an honor he previously won in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Brown, who suffered a calf injury against the Patriots and had to leave the game in the second quarter, has 101 receptions, second in the NFL, for an NFL-high 1,533 yards, a 15.2 yard per catch average, and nine touchdowns. Brown holds the Steelers record for most receiving yards in a season, set in 2015 with 1,845. He also ranks second with his 1,698 yards in 2014, and his 1,533 yards this year are third most in team history.


“If you look at what he’s able to do and what he is capable of every week it’s just something spectacular and I am happy to be a part of it and to do my little part because it is so fun to watch him,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “He’s special. AB is not human.”

He has averaged 109.5 yards per game through the first 14 games of the season, and didn’t play last week against the Texans and will also miss this Sunday’s game against the Browns.

Brown has eight 100-yard receiving games this season, and recorded 10 catches or more in six games, the most by any NFL player so far this season. the most 100-yard and 10-catch games by any NFL player through Week 16.

“He has big play written all over him and it can happen at any time,” said John Stallworth. “With Antonio you have a big play waiting to happen any time he touches the ball, whether it’s a short pass or a long pass, catching a short one and turning it into a big one. He is a big play ready to happen. He is somebody opposing defenses have to take into account and believe me he probably scares the dickens out of them.”

Brown, who ranks fifth in the NFL for yards from scrimmage with 1,533, became the first player in NFL history with five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by today’s players, or those who played before him.

“A couple of years ago when I was back here in Pittsburgh Antonio said let me rub your hands a little bit,” said Lynn Swann. “I said Antonio, you don’t need to rub my hands. You only need to do one thing. Make people forget about the other receivers who were here before you. Climb that ladder and be as good as you can be. He is making that happen.”

The following is the list of Steelers MVPs since 1969:

1969 WR Roy Jeffeson
1970 DT Joe Greene
1971 LB Andy Russell
1972 RB Franco Harris
1973 WR Ron Shanklin
1974 S Glen Edwards
1975 CB Mel Blount
1976 LB Jack Lambert
1977 QB Terry Bradshaw
1978 QB Terry Bradshaw
1979 WR John Stallworth
1980 SS Donnie Shell
1981 LB Jack Lambert
1982 CB Dwayne Woodruff
1983 PK Gary Anderson
1984 WR John Stallworth
1985 WR Louis Lipps
1986 LB Bryan Hinkle
1987 LB Mike Merriweather
1988 LB David Little
CB Rod Woodson
1989 WR Louis Lipps
1990 CB Rod Woodson
1991 Greg Lloyd
1992 RB Barry Foster
1993 CB Rod Woodson
1994 LB Greg Lloyd
1995 QB Neil O'Donnell
1996 RB Jerome Bettis
1997 RB Jerome Bettis
1998 LB Levon Kirkland
1999 LB Levon Kirkland
2000 RB Jerome Bettis
2001 QB Kordell Stewart
2002 WR Hines Ward
LB Joey Porter
2003 WR Hines Ward
2004 LB James Farrior
2005 NT Casey Hampton
WR Hines Ward
2006 RB Willie Parker
2007 LB James Harrison
2008 LB James Harrison
2009 QB Ben Roethlisberger
2010 SS Troy Polamalu
2011 WR Antonio Brown
2012 TE Heath Miller
2013 WR Antonio Brown
2014 RB Le'Veon Bell
2015 WR Antonio Brown
2016 RB Le'Veon Bell
2017 WR Antonio Brown