Just Antonio Being Antonio

March 31st, 2009
Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant is reminding Joe of Rickey Henderson

Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant is reminding Joe of Rickey Henderson, who loved to talk about "Rickey."

Let Joe say that he really likes Antonio Bryant. The passion, the uncensored communication, the talent; he’s a fun guy.

And now, to add to that mix, Bryant likes to talk in the third person. Joe is a big fan of that, too, for obvious reasons.

At today’s mini-camp, Antonio talked to the St. Pete Times about Antonio’s contract and Antonio’s responsibilities.

“I look at it like this: if you get a $9-million raise — did you count the taxes? Did you count the fact that Antonio Bryant just doesn’t take care of Antonio Bryant. Antonio Bryant has got kids, a mom, brothers, sisters. I’ve got people in my family lost their jobs, too. If you’re a guy in this situation and somebody says, “We’re going to give you $10-million,’ of course you’re a guy who’s going to go and think of more than just yourself. You’re going to go beyond that because you’ve got family, you’ve got other people that you’re the backbone for. That’s how I look at it, too. I’m the burden bearer in my family. When things happen, when a crisis happens, they come to me. I’m sure a lot of guys in this locker room understand the situation.”

Times are tight, Antonio. We know. Do your best to stretch that paltry after-tax net of $6 million this year. Joe is pulling for you.

One Response to “Just Antonio Being Antonio”

  1. MTM Says:

    Build 10,000 sq ft house. Then buy 4 Italian cars and go broke. Rinse and repeat its the NFL standard.