Antonio Brown: ‘It’s not about respect’ vs. the Patriots
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t particularly caught up in New England Patriots lore.
Here, the star receiver celebrates his touchdown with his teammates in the second half of the Steelers’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
PITTSBURGH — Indifferent to personnel, recent history and lofty ideas of reverence for the New England Patriots Antonio Brown very much just wants to play them now.
“It’s not about respect, it’s about getting the job done,” Brown said. “And we have a job to do this weekend.”
Brown has only played in one Steelers victory in five games against the Patriots, who they host on Sunday in a 4:25 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field. The average difference in each of those contests has been a 12.6 point win for New England. Since Brown has been in the league the Patriots have won two Super Bowls and been to three.
But the star receiver said that context matters as little as how Pittsburgh publicly feels about its shifting offensive weapons. JuJu Smith-Schuster missed some practice this week with a hamstring injury and sometimes starting tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) not practicing at all through Thursday.
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“It don’t matter how we say we feel or matter who we have,” Brown said. “We’re the Steelers and we’re excited to go out and represent the Steelers.”
Per usual with Brown, he also said he’s not terribly concerned with how the Patriots try to defend him.
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He says this most every week, often suggesting opposing cornerbacks who might shadow him follow on Twitter, SnapChat and other apps, some of which don’t have personal follow functions.
“I’m just living in the moment. Whatever I’m seeing I’m reacting to. I’m not being biased or making any assumptions or hypotheses,” Brown said. “I’m singularly focused on being in the moment and reacting in the moment.”
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