Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. is an American football wide receiver. He plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown was raised in Liberty City, Miami. He competed in both football and during high school at the Miami Norland High School. He earned All-American honors in 2008 and 2009 as a punt returner when he played college football at Central Michigan University.
Brown was picked in the sixth-round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his career, right from his rookie season in 2010 through 2018, he has managed to amass more receptions than any other player in the league. The Steelers advanced to Super Bowl XLV during his first season with them but lost to the Green Bay Packers. In his rookie season, he finished with 16 receptions for 167 yards in ten games.
He became the first player in NFL history during his second season, to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. Brown was selected as a punt returner for the 2012 Pro Bowl for his tremendous performance.
He became the only receiver in NFL history to record five receptions and at least 50 yards in every single game of an NFL season in 2013. He continued his on-the-field productivity over the next several seasons, earning the leading spots in the league for receptions and receiving yards in 2014, receptions in 2015, receiving yards in 2017, and receiving touchdowns in 2018. However, he requested a trade as reportedly his relationship soured with the Steelers, especially with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Eventually Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2019 where he was made the highest-paid receiver in the league. However, following several off-the-field incidents, including a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock, his time in Oakland was short-lived. The team decided to release him without him ever playing a regular-season game. Following this, he signed with the New England Patriots but was again cut after appearing in just one game. This was the time when the NFL was investigating sexual assault allegations made against him.
He spent the rest of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 as a free agent. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reuniting with quarterback Tom Brady, and winning Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs.