Antonio Brown congratulates Ben, says they were the best tandem in the NFL

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1-27-22 PM Team - Ben retires, Larry Foote, Ben tributes
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Antonio Brown has made peace with Ben Roethlisberger.

The electric and enigmatic wideout shot his way out of Pittsburgh after refusing to practice during the last week of the 2018 season and throwing a football at his quarterback. Then Brown proceeded to take shots at Ben, bringing up his suspension in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

But in recent years, Brown has publicly made amends with Roethlisberger. He apologized to Ben on Instagram in 2020, saying he “never realized” how good he had it.

Those kind words continued Thursday when Brown shared his thoughts about Ben’s retirement. “Best tandem in the NFL, Congrats Legend #7,” he tweeted.

AB relayed a similar message on Instagram.

Brown’s career often has descended into chaos since leaving Pittsburgh. He blew up his chances with the Raiders after refusing to practice and getting into an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock, and then was released by the Patriots after one game for alleged sexual misconduct. The NFL suspended Brown for three months for various indiscretions, including a reported physical altercation with a moving truck driver.

Tom Brady gave Brown another life in Tampa Bay, but Brown quit on the Buccaneers mid-game this season.

Brown’s run with Roethlisberger was unquestionably the apex of his career. The duo hooked up for more than 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards for six straight seasons.

As AB said, sometimes you don’t realize how good things were until they’re gone.