Once again, Antonio Brown has become the topic of conversation in the NFL. The All-Pro wideout has stated that he won’t play football this year if he’s not allowed to wear his old helmet.
With the regular season almost here, Brown is supposed to wear a helmet model that’s approved by the league. However, he doesn’t want to get rid of his old helmet because it doesn’t affect his vision when tracking down the football.
Retiring from football due to a helmet rule might sound odd, but Brown has stated in the past that he isn’t afraid to leave the game behind at a young age.
Back in March, Brown sat down with Jeff Darlington to discuss his trade request from the Steelers and how he expects to be treated around the league.
The standout wide receiver made it very clear that he’s okay with walking away from football fully healthy.
“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game,” Brown told Darlington. “Obviously I want the game but I don’t need the game.”
Here is the interview from March:
Antonio Brown: “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game. … Obviously I want the game but I don’t need the game.”
AB out here doing everything to kill his trade value for the Steelers pic.twitter.com/bdsCKd3yIp
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) March 2, 2019
At this moment it’s far too early to tell if Brown will truly retire from the NFL. It’d be yet another bizarre twist in his career, which includes more than a couple of odd stories.
Considering how much guaranteed money the Raiders gave Brown this offseason, the front office most likely has their fingers crossed that he returns to the field soon.