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It may seem like a knee-jerk reaction to place Antonio Brown on this list after his spectacular ’13 season, but comparing him to his stiffest competition turns up different results.
None of Roy Jefferson, Plaxico Burress or Yancey Thigpen had more than two 1,000-yard seasons in Pittsburgh. Brown’s had that many through four professional seasons.
Guys like Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace had the potential to land in this spot, but off-field issues and inconsistent hands/route running, respectively, saw the two on new teams after their fourth years.
Of course, Brown’s explosion in 2013 could’ve been an aberration, but the 25-year-old’s upside is tough to ignore. Brown’s 1,500-yard campaign was the most receiving yards recorded by a Steeler. Ever.
That includes each of the previously mentioned players as well as the four to follow.
Brown hasn’t broken NFL records, but rather, he’s created them. In 2011, Brown became the first man in league history to chalk up 1,000 yards both receiving and returning. In 2013 he became the only man to record at least five receptions and 50 yards in all 16 games.
Fans can’t wait to see what the two-time team MVP will do for an encore.