Antonio Brown is back in the NFL after a tumultuous 2019 season that left him unemployed after a short stint with the Patriots.
This time, Brown is with the Buccaneers after pleading quarterback Tom Brady. Even though coach Bruce Arians said Brady had nothing to do with Brown’s signing, the coach didn’t hesitate to say the quarterback wanted Brown there.
“Tom Brady lobbied me, my God, June, July, August,” Arians told NBC Sports.
The Arians said no at the time because he felt the team didn’t need Brown. Fast forward to Week 9, and Brown is now set to start his first game with the Bucs. So what has changed? Arians say injuries played a big part. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller (the Bucs’ top three receivers) have all been injured at some point this season. The team is also tight end OJ Howard for the remainder of the season.
And while the Arians might not want to admit it, there’s no question that Brady’s presence played a role in Brown’s arrival at Tampa Bay. We will discuss the reasons below.
Antonio Brown lives with Tom Brady
Antonio Brown lived with Tom Brady during his short spell with the Patriots, and the wide receiver once again teams up with the quarterback in Tampa Bay. In New England, Brady opened his home in Brown for him settle down while he moved to a new city.
Although the news received a lot of attention, Brady downplayed its importance when asked about it.
“Everyone is welcome at my house. I had a lot of people during the season and during the offseason”, Brady said. “Teammates are important to me. It’s part of what makes football so special, the relationships you build with the guys you play with. This year is no different. “
Now that the two are teammates again, Brady has welcomed Brown back to his home. Once again, Brady offered a similar explanation for doing it.
“He’s just settled in and I know he’s looking for places,” Brady said. “It’s good to have him around. It’s a great transition for him to cross state without knowing anyone. I’m just trying to be a good teammate and help someone.”
Antonio Brown’s relationship with Tom Brady
Brady and Brown being roommates, it’s not the end of their relationship. Brown credits Brady with helping him “see the light,” in part because Brady introduced the receiver to Tony Robbins. Robbins is a motivational speaker and he apparently helped Brown solve some of the issues that plagued him in the past.
“Tom put me in touch with him a few months ago [and] he’s been a great asset to me, “Brown said of Robbins.” We are working on myself on the inside, unlocking positive things in my mind and just being a better person. [I’ve spent] lots of time sitting with him, developing positive things inside, changing my outlook on two things, struggling and escaping anger and being able to just stay positive and see the positive of things – don’t let my emotion or my frustration ruining my vision of what is in front of me. “
Brown added, “I really thank Tony Robbins and TB12 for connecting me with such great people who can align me with my goal and help me see the light as far as my future is concerned.”
As for Brown’s future on the Bucs, it really depends on him. The Arians gave him a simple message, by Fox Sports, when the team signed it: “Be a team player, or go.”