By the time you read this, Antonio Brown already made his debut on Hard Knocks, captivating audiences. In limited screen time, Brown conveyed an honesty to his outlook. Yet, for all of his accomplishments, Brown, in certain segments of the fanbase, receives derision. Now, for someone that is a future Hall of Famer, people appear still angry at Brown. To ponder why, FPC Raiders writers Ray Aspuria and Terrance Biggs sit down and discuss.
Why do you believe some in the fanbase have a problem with Antonio Brown?
Because he’s loquacious and he a vibrant personality. Underneath that verbose nature though is a hard working and meticulous workout machine.
His penchant on working on his body and his craft as a wide receiver are a welcome sight for a team without a bonafide star WR.
Shoot, a one-footed AB would be the best WR Carr ever had as Raiders QB.
In all honesty, foolishness. Fans need to realize that a 31-year-old Hall of Fame caliber wideout now plays for the Raiders. The best wide receiver since Randy Moss donned the jersey for the Raiders. However, people seem singularly focused on what Brown says, instead of what he does. I believe some within the fanbase love being angry about something. Antonio Brown works harder than 90 percent of any player in the league. Yet, he likes to display his personality. To some, football players need to be automatons. No one with a pulse and a brain needs to question that.
While Brown missed the last week with a foot injury, Jon Gruden expressed disappointment but hopefulness.
“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said, according to ESPN. “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team. But for the time being we’re going to continue to work hard and we’re seeing the development of some other receivers we’re excited about.”
If you follow the Raiders and Gruden, how many times will you find him disappointed yet so effusive? Under those conditions, Antonio Brown will heal, giving the Raiders their best wideout in decades.