Receivers may have a track record for being a bunch of self-absorbed divas, but Antonio Brown took being named the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 MVP with class.
“Obviously it’s humbling. It’s a team game. It takes more than one guy to will a tea to win. I’m just thankful the guys trust me,” Brown told reporters following today’s practice.
He enters the final week of the regular season with 123 receptions for over 1600 yards, and will face a Cleveland Browns’ defense he racked up 10 receptions, 139 yards, and two scores on in the first meeting. He’s likely to break last year’s marks in receptions and yards, needing just 7 and 52 respectively.
Brown becomes the fourth Steelers to ever be named MVP three times, joining Rod Woodson, Jerome Bettis, and Hines Ward. He was asked what that meant to him.
“Anytime you’re mentioned with those caliber type of guys, you’re always grateful and thankful. Those guys are Hall of Fame type of players. And you know what those guys meant to the Steelers’ organization.”
He previously won MVP in 2011 and 2013.
Brown was quick to give praise to his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
“He means everything. He’s our leader…he’s the reason for a lot of our success.”
Despite missing three games, Roethlisberger was certainly deserving of the MVP nod. His average of 325 passing yards per game is set to destroy his previous high of 309, set a year ago. Should he end the year at that 325 per game mark, it would rank as the fourth highest figure in NFL history, trailing just behind Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady.