Bruce: Drama Could Affect Brown's HOF Candidacy

Antonio Brown's spat with the Steelers could affect his legacy – and his Hall-of-Fame prospects, Isaac Bruce says

Zach Gelb
January 22, 2019 - 12:42 pm

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When Isaac Bruce thinks about his favorite NFL wide receivers – the guys he enjoys watching the most – Antonio Brown is a name that quickly comes to mind. The same can be said about A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Keenan Allen.

“Those are the guys I enjoy watching,” Bruce said on The Zach Gelb Show. “Those are the guys I would pay to go see play.”

Unfortunately for Brown, the Steelers might be willing to pay to see him go away, as their relationship with AB has soured in recent months.

“I think it’s difficult,” Bruce said. “I think it’s disappointing. He’s put in some good roots in a city and in an organization. He’s done some great things for that city, for that team, and just to see it turn this way, I’m disappointed in it.”

While there is likely plenty of blame to go around, Brown didn’t do himself any favors by missing Pittsburgh’s must-win game against the Bengals in Week 17. Bruce thinks the relationship between Brown and the Steelers could still be salvaged, but time will tell – in more ways than one.

“Maybe his thinking should go to ultimately down the road,” Bruce said of Brown, “and how he’ll be perceived when it’s time for him to come up as a Hall-of-Fame candidate, if it will affect it. We’ve seen from other guys that the character clause is prevalent in who decides to get in and who doesn’t. They say it doesn’t, but behind closed doors, I think it really does mean something. But for a guy with such a great talent, his ability to run routes and just be a football player, I think it’s disappointing not only for him, but for the organization as a whole."