Updated: May 17, 2022
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Time may heal all wounds, but Antonio Brown burned every bridge imaginable on his way out of Pittsburgh back in 2019. That's why Brown's tweet on Monday of wanting to retire as a Steeler was peculiar.
“Just wanna retire a Steeler. Not play, just retire so we clear," Brown said.
For what it's worth, Brown is performing on the South Side on Friday night. So, he could have tweeted he wanted to retire as a Steeler because of that. However, should the Steelers allow AB to retire as a Steeler?
Brown's breakup with the Steelers was downright ugly. It was the worst departure of a once-loved Pittsburgh athlete ever. It started in Week 17 of the 2018 season when Brown got in a heated dispute with Ben Roethlisberger and quit on the team with a possible playoff spot on the line. Brown then proceeded to drag Roethlisberger and the organization all offseason up until getting traded to the Raiders for a third- and fifth-round pick. Even after getting traded, Brown took shots at JuJu Smith-Schuster on Twitter.
Brown is the best wide receiver to ever don the black and gold. I don't think that can be disputed. The numbers he put up were astronomical. He was well on his way to a Hall of Fame career, but the last four seasons have been a rollercoaster to say the least.
There's been just so much baggage, on and off the field that I doubt that Brown will ever make it to Canton. His numbers really don't match up in total either. Although, his stretch from 2013-2018 with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 yards is the greatest in NFL history.
Brown seems to have patched things up with Roethlisberger, as he congratulated him on a Hall of Fame career. It's hard to tell if Brown is genuine about wanting to retire as a Steeler, however. He could be. You just never know with AB. It might be a marketing ploy to promote his show in Pittsburgh. The tweet is pinned on his Twitter now. You know how it is, whatever's best for Business.
That's why I'm skeptical of it. If he's serious about it, though, I wouldn't mind seeing the Steelers sign AB to a one-day contract, so he could retire with the team. It's not like they're putting him in the Hall of Honor. At the same time, if they deny his request, I wouldn't fault them for it.