Former Steeler To AB: The Grass Isn't Always Greener

Ike Taylor gave some unsolicited advice to Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger

Tiki and Tierney
February 04, 2019 - 5:26 pm

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It remains to be seen where Antonio Brown will play football next season, but Ike Taylor hopes it is in Pittsburgh.

“Me being a longtime Steeler, I would love to see him back,” Taylor said on Tiki & Tierney. “He’s got to understand the grass ain’t always greener. You’re still getting a lot of targets. He’s a living legend in Pittsburgh.”

Brown caught 104 balls for 1,297 yards and an NFL-leading 15 touchdown in 15 games this past season. The only problem? He and Ben Roethlisberger aren’t getting along.

“Him and Big Ben, they got to get on the phone or they got to have dinner, they got to sit down like men, and they have to talk it out,” Taylor said. “They got to talk it out. You’re talking about two guys probably going to the Hall of Fame, so you can imagine the hard work, the egos. AB feels like he’s one of the best. Big Ben feels like he’s one of the best. So when you got those two guys on different pages, it’s like having a brother: y’all fight it out sometimes, but by the end of the day, it’s all love. They got to get that all love back. The good teams figure it out.”

Like, for example, the Patriots, who won their third Super Bowl in five seasons Sunday, beating the Rams 13-3.

How do the Patriots do it seemingly every year?

“You got an unselfish team,” Taylor said. “Your best guy, Tom Brady – every time you talk to one his teammates, they say he’s one of the most unselfish, hard-working guys. He’s the first one in, he’s the last one out. So when you got the head guy (being) first one in, last one out, being very unselfish – it makes everybody else fall in line.”

Brady wasn’t great statistically – he finished 21-of-35 for 262 yards and an interception – but he made key plays in crucial moments. Todd Gurley, meanwhile, did not. He carried 10 times for 35 yards in yet another quiet outing.

“I think Todd Gurley is hurt,” Taylor said. “He had a few injuries at Georgia, and you’re telling me he’s going to stay healthy in the NFL his whole career? Don’t get me wrong: when he’s healthy, he’s one of the best – when he’s healthy. So the question is, can he stay healthy?”