Antonio Brown has burst onto the scene in the past three years as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He's caught more than 100 passes in each season, racking up more than 5,000 receiving yards in the process. In 2015, he led the league with 136 receptions, but he doesn't seem set on accepting that as his very best.
Like every other player, Brown hopes to improve on his incredible 2015 campaign and be even better this season. He won't say how many passes he hopes to haul in, he just wants to catch them all ... like Ash Ketchum from "Pokemon."
"I don't have a number, I just want to catch them all," Brown said on ESPN's "NFL Live" Wednesday. "That's always my goal is to maximize every opportunity and every throw that's coming my way. To be consistent, be a guy Ben [Roethlisberger] can trust, be a guy the team can rely on and just like the Ash Ketchum from the PokÃ©mon, I just want to catch them all."
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Brown did catch 136 passes thrown his way last season, but he didn't catch them all -- not that it's realistic to expect him to. Rather, he caught 136 of the 193 passes intended for him. Still, an impressive rate, to say the least.
Surprisingly, he's not the first or only player to bring Pokemon to the NFL. Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin still play the card game, which Sherman has been open about in the past.
BREAKING NEWS!!!— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) October 23, 2013
Doug Baldwin TRADED… a Pikachu for a Charizard. #Pokemon
Brown is among the top wideouts in the NFL, but he's not necessarily being paid as such. In 2016, his base salary of $6.25 million is just 13th among wide receivers. He's not concerned with getting a new deal right now, however. His focus is on football, and catching all the passes.
"Well, right now I'm at the facility and all I'm just focused on is playing football and being around the guys," Brown said. "The game has been great to me, the Steelers have been great to me and I think things will work out and take its toll. But I'm just singularly focused on being a great player, being here around the guys and my teammates, and representing my family. I think money's not a need for me right now and I think things will work out as the time continues to unfold."
He'll be a free agent following the 2017 season, if it even reaches that point. And if he does, rest assured the Steelers are going to pay him accordingly.