Wide receiver Antonio Brown gained a lot of criticism during his public spat with the Pittsburgh Steelers that led to his trade to the Oakland Raiders. While some are criticizing his desire to make even more money than he already was while potentially sacrificing a chance to win a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh, not everyone sees it the same way.
ESPN analyst and former Super Bowl champion Damien Woody took to Twitter over the weekend to defend Brown’s decision to seek a trade. He made it clear that to some players, making as much money as possible is more important than winning Super Bowls. Woody noted that Super Bowl rings “won’t pay a single bill” after a player retires.
I hate to break it to some of you ppl out there being salty over AB’s power play but I can tell u some guys value the money over ‘rings’. As one player told me during my career…”that ring won’t pay a single bill after I’m done”
Brown signed a four-year extension worth $68 million with the Steelers back in 2017, and is set to see even more money with the Raiders in 2019 and beyond. Per reports, the Steelers are set to absorb a cap hit of over $20 million as a result of the Brown trade.
I hate to break it to some of you ppl out there being salty over AB’s power play but I can tell u some guys value the money over ‘rings’. As one player told me during my career…”that ring won’t pay a single bill after I’m done” 🤷🏾♂️
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) March 10, 2019
As for Woody’s “rings” comment, Brown was a rookie when the Steelers appeared in Super Bowl XLV back in 2010, but has not played a game in February since.
In the last six years, Brown and the Steelers have won three playoff games.
But the Steelers’ lack of playoff success has usually had little to do with Brown not being productive.
In those past six seasons, Brown has recorded at least 100 receptions and at least 1,200 receiving yards each year – an NFL record.
He had a career-high 15 receiving touchdowns in 2018, leading the league in the process.
The Steelers reportedly received a third- and fifth-round pick from Oakland in the trade.