If Antonio Brown wants to retire a Steeler, don’t expect it to be anything more than a one-day contract.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach did not entertain the idea of a reunion with Brown when asked about it on Sports Illustrated’s “The Pivot Podcast.”
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“Y’all know that ain’t happening,” Tomlin said. “In terms of putting a helmet on and running out of the tunnel and playing ball and stuff like that man. You know he’s moved on and we’ve moved on. We can sit around and chop that up like it’s a realistic conversation, but we know that’s not realistic.”
Brown spent the first nine years of his career in Pittsburgh, where he was a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, but his relationship with the team soured at the end of the 2018 season and he was traded to the Raiders.
The 33-year-old, who remains an unsigned free agent, recently said he would like to retire a Steeler but days later said he was not going to play in the NFL in 2022.
While Tomlin would not bring Brown back as a player, he did have nice things to say about him.
“What I’ll say about AB is this man, we had nine great years,” Tomlin said. “I appreciate that dude in ways I can’t explain to y’all. I won’t even bother to attempt to explain to y’all because it sounds like I’m defending him in some way. And to me from that standpoint the nature of our relationship and what we all did together requires no defense. You could digest it however you want to digest it. [Tomlin blows a kiss.] I don’t think enough gets said about the will of that dude. About the work ethic of that dude. About the fearlessness that he played the game.”