On and off the field, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is an enigma. Whether it’s stepping out throwing his pads on the turf in an NFL game or sharing rap verses with Floyd Mayweather in Dubai, Brown remains an unpredictable personality.
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Although not currently under contract with a team, Brown remains close to the sport this offseason. During a recent interview while taking part in a fan-watched soccer game, he opened up about some of his plans for the future.
For now, the veteran pro is focused on a new rap career after releasing his debut album in April with help from Kanye West. According to him, things are going well so far.
“I do what I want. Obviously, I’m a 12-year veteran, one of the greatest players ever. My job is to live. Life is to live,” Brown said. “We’re all gonna die. It’s not up to you to find out what I’m gonna do. Obviously I’m a rapper. I do shows. I’m an independent businessman. Business is booming.”
Brown spent more than a decade in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, sometimes one door closes and another opens.
“Obviously we live the game, but you can’t play forever,” Brown said. “I think I’m a great player who has done everything in the game.”
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As far as his career goes, it appears Brown doesn’t expect to play in 2022. He has publicly professed his desire to retire as a member of the Steelers, which has yet to materialize.
“No, don’t play yourself while watching me play.”
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A few months ago, Brown said he needed ankle surgery if he wanted to return to the field. However, he’s waiting to do so until a team signs him, which could be one of the many reasons why he doesn’t have a contract yet.
There’s no doubt that Brown is an extremely talented player, but his off-court headaches make teams reluctant to give him a fifth chance.
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