Antonio Brown hit another milestone in his career when he eclipsed the 10,000-yard receiving mark against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Brown had nine receptions for 93 yards in the 21-21 tie against the Browns..
Brown, who has been one of the most explosive, consistent and dependable receivers not just for the Steelers, but in the NFL, joins Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall and Antonio Gates as the only active receivers with 10,000 or more career receiving yards. Brown reached the mark, which he now has 10,003 yards, in just 116 games, tying Torry Holt for the second-fewest games to do it in.
Brown went into the game needing 90 receiving yards, and said it was something that he wasn’t focused on. He knows there is one person he has to thank for it though, and that is Ben Roethlisberger who he has a magical connection with.
“I never really thought about it,” said Brown. “It’s unique. It’s exciting. I have to thank Ben a lot for that. It’s all about the chemistry, the camaraderie and the uniqueness of us being together. It’s highly unique when you get to work with one quarterback your entire time. I am fortunate I have been able to work with one of the greatest of all time.”
Brown’s teammates aren’t surprised that he reached the milestone in just his ninth season, as they are accustomed to seeing what he can do on a daily basis, especially those who defend him in practice.
“His ability to get to the ball,” said Artie Burns. “It’s amazing. Him and Ben, the connection, the chemistry is so good. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around. All of that combined into one is a recipe for success.”
Joe Haden has seen Brown from both sides, as a teammate and an opponent, and he had no problem rattling off what makes Brown so special.
“His ability to adjust to the ball in the air. His hands. His routes. His speed,” said Haden. “I am just so happy I was able to come here and play with him so I could see the work ethic he puts into it. He works harder than any receiver I have been around. It means a lot to him. His offseason regimen, taking care of his body, always doing something to make himself better, trying to find an edge, his nutrition, taking care of his body as far as stemming, needling, stretching.
“He does everything you would want a football player to do. He wants to be the best. He talks about chasing greatness and when he is done he wants to be known as one of the best. That’s the way to do it. The way he works and having all of that ability.”