Antonio Brown is going to have to make some major changes in 2019 to make up for the toxicity he left in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room while he was forcing a trade.
To label his actions -- unwilling to get along with Ben Roethlisberger (who helped transform him into the superstar talent he's become) and calling out former friend and teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster on several occasions -- as petulant wouldn't even begin to describe it.
But, that won't stop former Steeler teammate Emmanuel Sanders from coming to his defense. During an appearance on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, the Broncos pass-catcher claimed AB is the single hardest working player he's played with, admitting that his own motor cant even compete with that of Brown's.
LIVE | "There's nobody in the NFL who can match how hard Antonio (Brown) works. If I can't match it, nobody can." - @ESanders_10— 104.3 The FAN (@1043TheFan) June 12, 2019
If there is one universal rule that the sports world should agree on, let it be this: do NOT, under any circumstances, gas up players that personify diva personalities.
Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works https://t.co/GpVlwb0MHr— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 13, 2019
By no means are we discrediting Brown's incredible abilities. When all is said and done, he will go down as one of the best to ever do it and his renowned hard work is just a testament to that notion.
Even Jon Gruden hyped him up as the hardest working practice player he's ever seen.
Sanders and Antonio are likely still friends, but to praise him so soon after he deserted Pittsburgh, a city and franchise that made him a household name in the league, is inexcusable on Emmanuel's part.