Richard Sherman: “Not Many Are Better Than Antonio Brown” Right Now

May 20th, 2022


So how much did the Bucs lose when Antonio Brown got half naked on the Jets’ home field and jumping-jacked his way out of the stadium after Bucco Bruce Arians ejected him?

There is no whole-truth answer to that, but 2021 Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman says the quitting future Hall of Fame receiver is still one of the greatest receivers in the game.

Today, Sherman took to the podcast that bears his name and shared his deep admiration for Brown. Sherman said they didn’t face each other often on the field but Brown was a star who shined daily in practice until his January demise.

“He’s just the ultimate competitor,” Sherman said of Brown. “Like even playing with him this year and being his teammates, obviously everybody recognizes the incident, what happened, but there’s nobody that works harder. There’s nobody that puts it on the line more. You talk about in practice, a guy [that] does the extra, goes over and beyond every day. That’s why you never hear anyone question his work ethic or question his commitment to football. I mean, you can question the commitment to football [because of] some of the antics, but nobody questions how hard he works and the player he is. When he’s locked in, there’s not many that are better than him, even right now. … To watch him work in person was outstanding.”

The more Joe hears about Brown’s positive impact on the entire team (yes, the negative existed) the more Joe wonders what the loss of Brown will mean this season.

Remember, Bucs co-defensive coordinator Larry Foote detailed how Brown impacted defensive players and likened him to Tom Brady as a culture-changer for Tampa Bay.

Then there’s the matter of Brown having 545 yards receiving and four touchdowns in just seven games last season. That’s probably the biggest loss.

58 Responses to “Richard Sherman: “Not Many Are Better Than Antonio Brown” Right Now”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    and not many worse…

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    AB is..the ultimate nut job.

  3. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    AB was a big reason we won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, and just as big of a reason we did not win it last year. When he is able to keep his mental illness in check, he is no doubt one of the best receivers in the game. But when his physical health took a hit last year, his mental issues came roaring back (mind-body-spirit connection). I feel bad for him, but I also feel bad for the Bucs and Bucs’ fans, as his presence on the field was sorely missed and it seemed like overall team morale took a hit the way things unfolded. Now that we have Gage and it’s a new season, I think the Bucs and TB12 are ready to make another run. LFG

  4. MadMax Says:

    Just let him go….its over…move on.

  5. K2 Says:

    Bucs had to decide ME FIRST or TEAM FIRST. I’m ok with the TEAM decision.

  6. Mark Howell Says:

    Does anyone remember that according to Brown he was injured and unable to play…sooooo, what’s the difference if he stayed around or not?? I mean that is why Brown said he did what he did. Either way he was lost for the season, according to his side of things.

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    Sure is funny how one of the best in the nfl “right now” isn’t playing much these last few years and has no team right now.

    The one thing about AB was no matter what was going on in that tiny brain of his the dude was solid on the field. The problem is you can’t be messed up in the head and prove you can’t be trusted on the field. Worrying about bonuses and number of targets on a super bowl contender to the point that you sabotage it all for ego puts you in a world of hurt

  8. Pewter Power Says:

    But it really doesn’t matter, on of the best in the game is waiting for a team to sign him so he can go get surgery and miss even more time😂😂😂😂

  9. Robert Says:

    I joke when I say bring AB back.

    he’s an ass, but I would say the same for BA.

    SB run on the line and they have 5 yr old temper tantrums. I suspect it’s just as much reason AB is gone as BA.

  10. PassingThru Says:

    No one wants to acknowledge it, but Sherman is right.

  11. Bojim Says:

    Wish it wouldn’t have happened but I think Gage just might pick up the slack.

  12. SKBucsFan Says:

    It’s really too bad how someone so talented also has so many issues. I guess if he didn’t then he would have never been made available to us in the first place. Buyer beware!

  13. PassingThru Says:

    I’ll be in the minority, I’d love to see him back. But I doubt it will happen.

    He’s a diva and has a share of serious mental health issues. But he’s also one of the most talented WRs in the game. It would take a locker apology, and obviously the blessing from Bowles, Leftwich, and Licht. Even though AB badmouthed Brady, Brady wouldn’t care, he just wants to win.

    To prevent the wrong message from being sent, it would also probably require a locker room vote.

    I doubt AB has the stones to agree to all of that.

  14. onetrickpony Says:

    injured? jumping jacks off the field. really ?

  15. geno711 Says:

    Richard Sherman said enough:

    ” I mean, you can question the commitment to football [because of] some of the …”

  16. Iamabuc Says:

    Why are we still taking about this sh!thead? Like Mark Howell said, he was hurt so he wasn’t gonna be any help at that point. I really don’t care about this turd, even if he is the best in futball. And no, please don’t bring this trash back.

  17. Duane Says:

    He is one of many talented players who just cant put it together. Nothing remarkable about that. That same midset he is lauded for in practice is also the one that left millions on the table in Vegas, doesnt pay his bills, and loves to toss furniture. And which team is it this season that is going to be improved because of his presence and incredible work habits?

  18. PassingThru Says:

    AB strikes me as one of those guys who will be broke in a few years, begging for tryouts by broadcasting that he’s 100% recovered and still has all the ability to be the best. And of course, at that point in time, no GM will bother returning his agent’s phone calls.

  19. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hes definitely better option than julio.

  20. Statguy Says:

    At this point in his career him and Gage are on par

  21. ClwJB Says:

    The ultimate diva WR – makes TO and others pale in comparison- all talent no brains post the Burflict KO – if Mike Tomlin or TB12 can’t contain you, no one can

  22. RustyRhinos Says:

    When YOU QUIT on Your team IN-GAME. YOU physically take off your uniform, and literally jump and skip and dance off the field. Who really cares, about how good you were at practice? 7 games 545 yards 4 TDs. Who cares? YOU WALKED! SEE YA! PEACE-OUT!

  23. Anonymous Says:

    AB was the best receiver on this team, period! He’s a clown, but there’s a reason why Brady fell in love with him in NE and why the other TB receivers rallied around AB. Bruce handled the AB situation terribly, even Clyde Christensen agreed it could’ve been handled better. AQ Shipley

  24. Ron says Says:

    AB was a great WR but he was not a good team player, his ring came when he was coming off suspension and had a tight lease that year. The rest of his career he has cost his teams by his antics and look at me attitude, you can get Julio Jones and technically have the same coverage nightmare in a much more team friendly package.

  25. Bucsfan13 Says:

    AB was the best receiver on this team, period! The guy just knew how to get open. There’s a reason why Brady fell in love with him. He’s been courting AB since he played for Pitt. The whole AB situation should’ve been handled differently. BA handled it poorly, even AQ Shipley and Clyde Christensen agreed. It’s interesting how no one one the team said anything negative about AB after that whole situation. He quit on the team. You would expect more people to be upset, right? That’s because they saw AB’s work ethic everyday.

  26. PassingThru Says:

    Julio Jones isn’t better than AB. Julio Jones in his prime was never better than AB. And from what I saw of Julio Jones last season, Julio Jones isn’t Julio Jones anymore. Neither WR is in their prime, but only one of them remains elite today.

  27. Brandon Says:

    Of course Sherman thinks he’s great. He couldn’t cover anybody last year… but ohhh, how you armchair GMs ranted on and on about how we should sign him when he was three years past his expiration date.

  28. GOB Says:

    It’s sad, because AB is still immensely talented. I agree with bucsfan13, BA could’ve handed the situation better. When you know you’re dealing with a mental case, it behooves you not to act like a mental case in kind. Arians had trouble controlling himself last year. If he acted so unhinged in public (striking one of his players) what do you think he was like behind the scenes?
    AB deserves most of the blame, but BAs reaction was detrimental to the team. It probably cost them a Superbowl

  29. Bucsfanman Says:

    Um, ok, as a part-time player sure. Remember, he played in parts of two seasons due to discipline…parts.

  30. geno711 Says:

    I think that I am with many Buc’s fans that say goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the ass. How many things has AB lied about? Let him go elsewhere. He may help a team but he burned us so not sure why some want him back.

    The team is bigger than his skill level.

  31. VATom Says:

    He was one of the best receivers I think the Bucs have ever had. His production in a short time was fantastic and I think if his antics could have been tolerated he would have helped us to another Super Bowl. It’s a shame he is/was at whatever level of disdain for the organization he was at and that Arians had to make that move. I wishthe guy health. Hopefully he doesn’t wind up playing against us.

  32. Steve Burke Says:

    “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in the pan

  33. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Let’s move on to this year

  34. donuts Says:

    In the NFL, there are three key characteristics: physical, talent, and mental. You must have all 3. He has 2 of the 3 and is poor in the mental strength category. Hence, why he is not signed and wont be.

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Sign AB and the chances of winning another SUPER BOWL go through the roof!!

  36. Captain Oblivious Says:

    I think the Bucs should keep him on retainer this year in case more WR go down again. Not sure how that would work contractually but he would be cheap insurance.

  37. Jojo StarBUC Says:

    I think we would’ve won last years SB with AB. Just think what a difference he could’ve made against the Rams. Won against them and the SB would’ve been a cinch. AB ruined our stellar season, his career, and his shot at another ring. Hope it was worth it to him.

  38. MadMax Says:

    ^ LOL

  39. MadMax Says:

    The only insurance AB brings is youre guaranteed a head case that will walk out on you mid game!!!! WTF do you guys not get about that?!?

  40. sasquatch Says:

    Don’t need to hear about this guy ever again. Move on. Never feel bad about ejecting a turd from the team, even if they’re a great player.

  41. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Bet if you asked Bucs DBs they would say that AB was the Bucs best WR
    Hardest to cover

  42. BigMacAttack Says:

    Where’s he at? Sign him up! 😂😂😂

  43. MadMax Says:

    ^ Dont matter…he’s “ME” first and not “TEAM” first…

  44. David Says:

    He’s a selfish diva who quit on his team and will probably never play football again. He’s been a cancer since he first left Pittsburgh the Buccaneers were lucky to get a solid year out of him

  45. gotbbucs Says:

    Who cares. The NFL is done with him. Nobody will ever give him NFL money again. In a couple years you’ll see him on one of these little upstart football leagues with Johnny Football and T.O.

    What an absolute a$$.

  46. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think it’s absurd to debate the quality of AB’s talent and abilities…fast…hands..smarts…reads and reacts to defenses…he’s the real deal athletically.

    But WTF? “He’s just the ultimate competitor,” Sherman said of Brown.

    That’s truly SAD. And I admire Sherman but he’s letting his feelings make stupid statements.

    The “ultimate competitor” does not bail on his team just as they head into a second SB run. He’s not only NOT a true competitor, he’s an egotistical CANCER.

    And how does Jon Gruden feel about AB after being forced to cut him?

    “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “And all I’m going to say is that it is disappointing.

    “It was foolish of him to do that. It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate for him to do that.”

    Mike Tomlin, on Antonio Brown posting locker room video on Facebook Live

    If you do a deep dive into this you can gain some sympathy for AB. Over and over again…from TB…and BB…to Tomlin…people in the game talked about AB’s mental health in sympathic terms rooting for him to beat his demons.

    I totally root for AB to beat his demons. He’s wealthy, still have a long life and he COULD set a great example for others who suffer from mental health issues much like Michael Phelps.

    What I do not root for is seeing him on an NFL field again…certainly not with the Bucs. He is SICK. He has shown REPEATEDLY he cannot be trusted.

    That is the very essence of someone who is the opposite of an “ultimate competitor”. “The Ultimate Competitor” puts team above all else….any gripes…misstreatment is dealt with AFTER the season and the FREAKING COMPETITION!!! Even TB took less money over the years for the team’s competitive chances…

  47. 1sparkybuc Says:

    I question his commitment. He quit on his team. He can’t be trusted. If he paid the Bucs, I still wouldn’t want him.

  48. Destinjohnny Says:

    If he stays……
    I think we win it all

  49. AB Says:

    AB has still not had the surgery on his ankle that was injured. he claims he won’t have the operation until a new team commits to him . I doubt he could even play this season at this point as it takes many months to recover from surgery.

  50. Tbbucs3 Says:

    ABs madden rating as a player is around 95.

    When you factor in his off field rating it drops to a 68.

  51. Thadeus Says:

    So that’s what we’re calling it “the incident” ?
    I’ll stick with psychopath moment.

  52. BUCman Says:

    One nut job (Sherman) liking another (Brown)…….no shocker there

  53. RandsABucFan Says:

    It was like always taking two steps forward and then one step back. He was an inspiration when clocked in but a bad example when checked out.

  54. Bbro Says:

    You could be a TB #12 but if you act like AB does you’re a distraction in a major bad way and the team needs rid of you.

  55. DlWizzy Says:

    Antonio Brown to the Bucs and Brady is Dennis Rodman to the Bulls and Jordan. No body will like the person, not even the fans and/or teammates of his own team. But they’ll love the player.

  56. Eddie Marz Says:

    Brown was NOT a team player. If all you care about is your own stats and not about the team, he’s a cancer.

  57. Mark A Swygert Says:

    I read all these posts and saw only one that noticed what I noticed. If AB’s ankle was so messed up, how did he manage to do those very energetic jumping-jack motions as he jogged (not limped) off the field? However. I think some team will sign him, once injuries start piling up. The situation with his own alleged injury might make that problematic for the team that does. It won’t be the Bucs.

  58. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Thanks BA, that was BS for AB!