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The receiver’s season finale against the Jets was a show from start to finish.
Former Bucs receiver Antonio Brown received an early dose of festivities before Week 17’s matchup, which ultimately became his final contest for Tampa Bay. Traveling to New Jersey for the away game, Brown ran into a cohort of fans at MetLife before the game, eager to receive the player’s autograph.
As reported by TMZ, Brown had met with fans and at one point received a vaccination card to sign — an intriguing nod to AB’s three-game suspension over faked vaxx documentation.
Photo provided by TMZ
The receiver caught glowing reviews from the crowd — chatting with them hours before a sideline tirade led to his early exit from the game and team.
While the general opinion on Brown’s maturity casts doubt over a new team’s willingness to sign the receiver, a murky situation involving Tampa Bay’s staff and Brown’s ankle injury may be the glint of reason for a general manager to employ the seven-time Pro Bowler.
Since Thursday’s official exit from the Bucs, Brown has reportedly already been in contact with newly named USFL coach for the Tampa Bay Bandits, Todd Haley: a prior offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers during Brown’s tenure on the team.
Brown could be back to signing vaxx cards, sooner than later, as the spring football league debuts for a new season in April.
The NFL has not announced any penalty or suspension as a result of Week 17’s theatrics by Brown.
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