Just days removed from Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger speaking in an interview that essentially closed his portion of the saga between himself and former receiver Antonio Brown, the man who forced his way out of the Steel City now finds himself back to tie his own loose ends.
In true AB fashion, Brown brought a camera crew along with him to film a 14 minute video of him returning to Pittsburgh to appear in court for a traffic ticket he received during the 2018 season. Brown decided to turn his trip into a walk down memory lane, as the superstar receiver spends time taking viewers through his old house and reminisces about his days with the Steelers.
Should you have lived under a rock for the last few months, Brown did not suit up for the Steelers last game of the season and went on one of the most impressive social media smearing campaigns we may ever witness, pushing his way out of Pittsburgh and emerging with football’s richest contract at the receiving position in Oakland. Brown left many Steelers fans with a foul impression in his departure, although he made it clear it was nothing but love and respect from his end.
One thing I understand about this fan base and that I'll never forget and always appreciate is your passion. Know that it's all love this way and I am forever thankful for #steelernation ! 🙏🏾 (this is not a goodbye, just a thank u) pic.twitter.com/5mCg5pRjXL
— AB (@AB84) January 20, 2019
In Brown’s new video, he doubled down on his feelings:
“About to touch down here in Pittsburgh, close off another chapter in my life” Brown said before landing. “It’s such an honor to be here man, one of the first sports teams that took a chance on me when I was 21 years old. There’s nothing like that feeling walking in Heinz Field and feeling that…Feeling that knack for football and the exciting feeling the great fans bring.”
Months removed from the trade that sent the Steelers multiple picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brown appears to have matured (at least on camera) in his trip back to where his career first began. His tone carries with remembrance as Brown walked through his old house in Pittsburgh. It appears some of Pittsburgh carry the same sentiment, as numerous people outside of the courthouse where Brown appeared in stopped him to take selfies and talk during the video. The video closes with a black screen that reads “FOREVER INDEBTED, THANK YOU PITTSBURGH”.
The last handful of months have brought a lot of attention between Brown, Roethlisberger and anybody else that sports black and gold. Most of that attention, if not all, has arrived in a negative context. In regards to the situation, many Steelers fans have moved on. Big Ben himself appears ready to close that chapter of his life/career just a few days ago, and Antonio Brown looks as if he is ready to shut the door on his time in Pittsburgh by saying thank you one last time.