Steven Jackson: "I Played With A Few Antonio Browns"

The former Pro Bowl running back shared what he would have said to AB if they were teammates

Tiki and Tierney
January 16, 2019 - 6:46 pm

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Former Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson, who played more than a decade in the NFL and is a member of the 10,000-yard rushing club, dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss numerous topics, including Antonio Brown.

Brown did not play in the Steelers’ must-win game against the Bengals in Week 17 and has been on the rocks with the franchise ever since.

Jackson, 35, shared his candid thoughts on the matter.

“I played with a few Antonio Browns,” Jackson said in studio on Tiki and Tierney. “I had a guy, he went missing on a Tuesday and then showed up on a Friday. What happened? Where have you been all week? So I’ve had those instances – and he was not a star like Antonio Brown. But in those circumstances, I believe in direct confrontation.”

Direct. As in, face-to-face.

“I’m stepping to that person as the captain of the team, man-to-man,” Jackson said, “(and asking), ‘What’s going? Because whatever you’re feeling with the front office or the coach, that has nothing to do with the other 52 guys. If you don’t want to play this game, that’s fine. That’s fine. But let’s just finish it out strong.’ (Brown) not showing up and doing these things, he’s trying to force his way out. Those are contractual things that should be handled outside the field, outside the game. When you bring that into the locker room, now you’re asking guys to pick sides. And guys are not going to pick sides when they’re still trying to cash a check. That’s just the honest truth.”

It’s easy to understand why.

“We’re all in that locker room to make a lot of money,” Jackson said. “It’s a job. That money that we make, it’s not that it makes us better than anybody else; it’s that we all know how hard it was to get that first check.”

While Jackson may not have chosen sides, he likely would have confronted Brown.

“You get to a point in your career where maybe I think I deserve more, that’s hard for a guy like me,” Jackson said. “Because I played on teams that went 2-14, 1-15, and I gave everything I had on that field. It had nothing to do with I was so loyal to the St. Louis Rams; it was those other 52 guys. I was like, ‘Man, we got a job to do. We’re going to go out here and entertain, but while we’re doing it, we’re going to do the best we can.’”