Antonio Brown Says Vontaze Burfict Apologized for Playoff Hit to Head in Person

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2016

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 9: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a late hit on Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers to set up the winning field goal in the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 18-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It has almost been one year since the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals' penalty and fine-filled AFC Wild Card Game, but the Vontaze Burfict hit on Antonio Brown has come up yet again before the AFC North rivals meet in Week 15. 

This time, though, it's the Steelers receiver who is putting things to bed as he told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Bengals linebacker apologized to him in person during the offseason when the two were in Miami: "[He was] just saying he didn't have no intentions of trying to injure, that it was a football move."

During the final moments of Pittsburgh's 18-16 win over the Bengals in January, Burfict delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow that concussed Brown and held him out for the rest of the playoffs. 

Burfict was flagged, which helped set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal, and the NFL suspended him for the first three games of the 2016 season after numerous dangerous hits throughout 2015.

It was the most egregious blow of a game that featured $83,665 worth of fines, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com). 

After calling him "an idiot" during Super Bowl week on The Dan Patrick Show (via NFL.com's Kevin Patra), Brown isn't holding any grudges now, per Fowler: "I don't have no issue with any guy. I'm a football player. I'm a competitor. When we're in the field, we're going to compete and be competitive. It's not personal between none of these guys. It's all in the game. ... I represent the Steelers. It's all business."

It would be difficult for Brown to be unhappy at the moment considering that he currently ranks first in the league with 93 receptions, third with 1,130 yards and second with 11 touchdowns, per Pro-Football-Reference.com

Another big game and a win over the Bengals in Week 15 would ensure that the Steelers stay atop the NFC North while all but destroying Cincinnati's playoff hopes. 

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