Antonio Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Anyone who contests that statement needs to worry about how to get back onto planet earth.
Brown was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, he was drafted in the sixth round as pick 195. Since then, he has slowly worked his way up from special teams player to being regarded, by many, as the best receiver in the league.
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There is one thing that everyone has in common when discussing the Pittsburgh Steelers star - his excellent work ethic.
Brown's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was quoted last year as saying; "His work ethic and demeanor and attitude are just unbelievable. He’s literally nonstop".
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The Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of Brow,
"He works as hard as anybody that I have seen."
Brown's hard work has surely paid off. Back in 2011, incumbent star receiver Mike Wallace was in contract disputes with the Steelers. With Pittsburgh refusing to pay him his desired salary, he left at the end of the 2012 season for the Miami Dolphins.
With Mike Wallace gone, the Steelers suddenly found themselves in a situation without a number one receiver.
The rare speed that Wallace brought to the team left many people questioning if the Steelers would ever be able to get that sort of talent back? And who would replace the void left by Wallace's departure?
In casual Steelers fashion, the organisation didn't panic, they didn't splash out a boatload of money for a free agent and they didn't look to trade for anybody. Instead they looked internally, placing faith in Antonio Brown to be the team's leading receiver.
Worth the wait
It was a gamble that couldn't have paid off any better.
Since getting the starting nod in 2013, Antonio Brown has compiled 308 catches for 4,199 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He has also set Steeler franchise records for receptions, yards in a single season, the second most receptions ever in a single season and he had an NFL record for consecutively catching at least five passes for fifty yards in 32 games. Yes, you read it correctly, 32 consecutive games.
Reminder, Brown was drafted in the sixth round...
Yet the surprising thing is, his amazing 2014 campaign - where he led the league in catches and yards - could be topped this year.
Brown is on pace for 1,826 yards, which would be the third all-time in a single season. It would also top his 1,698 yards in 2014.
Crazy, I know.
Brown is on pace for the third-most yards ever by a receiver in a single season, and he has had to play with two backup quarterbacks over a four-game span. Again, it's crazy.
With 463 yards in the past two games alone, he and Ben Roethlisberger appear to have reignited the chemistry that set the league on fire last year, and with Brown appearing to be uncoverable in the past two games, whose to say he won't top 2,000 yards?
All I will say for certain is this, if we could rewind back to the 2010 draft every team in the league would be climbing over each other to draft Brown. Steelers fans will be forever grateful they were the ones to get him.
Do you think Antonio Brown will top 2,000 yards? Will this be his best year ever? Have your say in the comments below...