This will hopefully be the last time I wrtie about Antonio Brown for a long time. As I’ve said before, I think we’re watching a severe case of CTE from a front row seat, and it’s a horror movie.
Like horror movies, I hate watching them. I don’t understand the desire to purposefully feel negative emotions. I overly apologize as is, so I have enough anxiety on my plate already, thanks. And that’s how I feel anytime I see an AB story now, anxious.
Regardless of how I feel, when you take the potential severity away from this situation, Antonio Brown has set the bar for embodying the diva wide receiver. He sits atop the mountain top of egos of football’s past. Dethroning someone we never thought could be beaten.
The infamous driveway workout press conference stands alone as Owens crowning achievement in douchebaggery. It was ahead of its time in that now we see athletes working out for social media on a regular basis.
Essentially it was an iPhone when everyone still thought the Motorola Razr was still the most powerful form of pocket technology.
Which speaks more to the impressiveness of Browns actions in the last 8 months. Despite being surrounded by similar videos, Brown stands above his counterparts thanks to posts like this.
Now, where these two differ is what they want from the league after their antics eventually supercede their talent.
Owens has famously asked teams for years for a tryout, despite being out of the league for 5+ years.
All of which came up empty handed.
Whereas Antonio Brown, apparently, has sworn off the league for good.
What constitutes a diva in the NFL is a staggering lack of self-awareness and, frankly, the things that come out of Brown’s mouth and fingertips make T.O. look better and better due to a recency bias.
But despite the differences here, the end result for both is anger towards a league that they truly believe screwed them, oppose to them screwing themselves.
From that, with T.O. anyway, we got the most bizarre Hall of Fame story of all time.
In short, Owens did not attend the actual Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, OH to instead hold his own event at his alma mater, University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, claiming that his motivation was to not make things about him, or something like that. It was backwards, but luckily for T.O. no one really goes to him for logic.
Now, if AB continues the trend that he’s on, he’s gonna blow this schtick out of the water whenever he gets his gold jacket.
I mean, think about it. If T.O. created the modern NFL diva, AB perfected it. Like, Owens made the first car, but Brown created the assembly line. He’s just more effective and efficient with his antics.
If AB does his own ceremony from his alma mater Central Michigan, he’s not just going to do it from the gym. He’s going to buy the entire school first, have someone on the same intellectual plane as him announce him, likely Gary Busey, literally kick him off the stage into a cryogenic chamber, and have his speech broadcasted like the OJ chase during the NBA finals.
Everyone in America will have no choice but to hear him speak.
That, or maybe he’ll try to recreate Live Aid.
Regardless, I already know exactly how the whole speech is gonna go.
Can’t wait to hate him back.