Tomlin on AB: 'He's one of the best in the world'

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Pro Bowl Prospect: Antonio BrownWide Receiver 5-10, 1865th SeasonCentral MichiganStats: 88 receptions, 1,161 yards, 13.2 yard average, 9 touchdowns

Antonio Brown currently leads all wide receivers in Pro Bowl votes, and ranks seventh in overall voting, and when you look at his statistics it's well deserved.

Brown has been the go-to guy for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this season, and hasn't let being doubled-teamed slow him down one bit. He has grown from a young receiver who had to fight to get on the field his rookie year, to one of the elite at his position in the NFL.

Brown's consistency is something that is invaluable, as he currently has an NFL record 27-game streak of at least five catches for 50 yards. Brown has had five 100 yard games this season, including a season-best 144 yards on 11 catches in a win over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Brown leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,160 yards, and is second in third-down receiving.

Brown has been voted to the Pro Bowl twice in his career, selected as a wide receiver and returner last year and as a returner for the 2012 Pro Bowl, both times following seasons when he was voted the Steelers Most Valuable Player.

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Coach Mike Tomlin on Antonio Brown:** "He's one of the best in the world at what he does. He is physically and mentally on top of his game, and when you have somebody who's playing like that, you step into a stadium and he's a known issue but still he performs. We say similar things about guys like J.J. Watt. We knew what he was capable of when we were getting ready to play the Houston Texans, but it still doesn't stop the storm from coming. Antonio is playing at that type of a level from a wide receiver standpoint, a J.J. Watt discussion kind of a level. I'm glad that he's on our team.

"He's physically and mentally tough. He is small yet combative. He has strong hands. He plays bigger than what he is. He has great short area quickness and top-end speed. He has good vision for run after the catch. He creates a lot of problems for you if he has space once he gets the ball to corral him. Our wide receivers coach, Richard Mann, says 'He's like a bug loose on a rug.' And that's a fair assessment."

A HISTORY OF STEELERS PRO BOWL RECEIVERS

PlayerYearGPNo.Yds.Avg.TDs
Jack McClairen 1957 12 46 630 13.7 2
Jimmy Orr 1959 12 35 604 17.3 5
Buddy Dial 1961 14 53 1,047 19.8 12
Gary Ballman 1964 13 47 935 19.9 7
Gary Ballman 1965 14 40 859 21.5 5
Roy Jefferson 1968 14 58 1,074 18.5 11
Roy Jefferson 1969 114 67 1,079 16.1 9
Ron Shanklin 1973 13 30 711 23.7 10
Lynn Swann 1975 14 49 781 15.9 11
Lynn Swann 1977 14 50 789 15.8 7
Lynn Swann 1978 16 61 880 14.4 11
John Stallworth 1979 16 70 1,183 16.9 8
John Stallworth 1982 9 27 441 16.3 7
John Stallworth 1984 16 80 1,395 17.4 11
Louis Lipps 1985 16 59 1,134 19.2 12
Yancey Thigpen 1995 16 85 1,307 15.4 5
Yancey Thigpen 1997 16 79 1,398 17.7 7
Hines Ward 2001 16 94 1,003 10.7 4
Hines Ward 2002 16 112 1,329 11.9 12
Hines Ward 2003 16 95 1,163 12.2 10
Hines Ward 2004 16 80 1,004 12.6 4
Mike Wallace 2011 16 72 1,193 16.6 8
Antonio Brown 2013 15 101 1,412 14.0 8

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