Antonio Brown enjoyed what was arguably the most productive regular season for a wide receiver in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 81 years of existence. Brown not only shattered the franchise’s single-season mark for receiving yards (1,499), he caught eight touchdowns and came within two catches (110) of tying Hines Ward’s record for receptions accumulated during a regular season (112).
What was the most impressive part of Brown’s 2013 campaign was his consistency. In fact, Brown became the first receiver in the history of the league to catch at least five passes for 50 yards in all 16 games of a regular season. For his efforts, the former Central Michigan Chippewa earned the team’s 2013 MVP award, a Pro Bowl nod and the following recognition according to the team’s official Twitter feed:
Today the Associated Press named @AntonioBrown84 to the 2nd-team 2013 All-Pro
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 3, 2014
Brown was the only member of Pittsburgh’s 8-8 team who garnered All-Pro honors for his play this season. 2013 marked the first time that one of Pittsburgh’s wide receivers was named to the AP’s All-Pro first or second team since Hines Ward was named a 2nd team All Pro back in 2004 (he also earned the same recognition in 2002 and 2003).
At only 25 years of age, the best could very well be yet to come for a player of Brown’s caliber. Ben Roethlisberger is still in town to sling passes in his direction, and the two developed a tremendous rapport in 2013 after Brown took over for Mike Wallace as the team’s number one wide receiver.
So kudos, Antonio. You definitely deserve the accolades, and you might even earn 1st team All-Pro honors if you put up even more incredible numbers next fall.
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