The return of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half to defeat the New York Jets was one of the headliners in a crazy Sunday afternoon game list in Week 17.
However, a winning nine-game, 93-yard drive in two minutes with no downtime to win Game 28-24 was overshadowed by the puzzling antics of veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown on the sidelines.
Down 14 points midway through the third quarter, Brown was seen collapsing on the Buccaneers sideline before removing his protections, jersey and shirt, throwing paraphernalia into the stands of MetLife Stadium, before gesturing towards the crowd as they exit through the tunnel into the locker room.
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Brown caught three passes for 26 yards on Sunday before he was would have benched by Head Coach Bruce Arians. His teammates, Mike Evans, tried to calm him down before Brown began to undress.
Shortly after the game, Arians pulled all the drama out of the situation, telling the media that Brown “is no longer a Buc. It’s history.
It’s the latest baffling development in the 33-year-old’s career that quickly derailed from a Hall of Fame trajectory.
A messy divorce with the Pittsburgh Steelers – which included nine seasons, seven Pro Bowls and seven over 1,000-yard seasons – led to a setback with the Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots before Tom Brady don’t defend him to join the Buccaneers. .
Entering Sunday’s action, Brown had recorded 39 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns this season, suggesting he could have returned to his former All-Pro form. In addition to 14 games with the Buccaneers, he tallied 87 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight scores.
Now, it looks like his NFL career is over after wasting another steadily contributing opportunity to the pros.