Tony Dungy feels ‘sorry’ for Antonio Brown after Buccaneers release: ‘He’s talented, but he needs help’
Antonio Brown’s time with the Buccaneers came to an end on Sunday afternoon following a Week 17 sideline meltdown against the Jets.
The scene was a jarring one. Brown exited the field after a disagreement with Buccaneers coaches and removed his equipment. He chucked his undershirt and gloves into the stands before running shirtless to the Bucs locker room. He crossed the field and stood in the end-zone pumping up the Jets crowd before giving a peace sign and disappearing.
Brown’s meltdown drew the attention of the entire NFL community. That included former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, who discussed Brown’s future on NBC’s “Football Night in America.” Namely, Dungy doesn’t think Brown will have one in the NFL unless he “gets some help.”
“I’ve said this in the past: I feel sorry for Antonio Brown,” Dungy said. “He’s talented, but he needs help. In the NFL, we’re not doing him any favors if we keep signing him and keep rewarding this kind of behavior. Don’t sign him until he gets some help.”
Dungy echoed similar sentiments when Brown was released by the Raiders at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season.
“I feel sorry for Antonio Brown,” Dungy wrote in a tweet on Sept. 7, 2019. “He’s been blessed with amazing talent but he’s lost track of the fact that football is a team game. So is life. He thinks he’s the victim but he’s missing out on the real joy that comes from being part of a team. He’ll be the big loser in the end!”
Dungy resurfaced that tweet in the wake of Brown’s latest incident and said that nothing had changed since that time.
That was 2 1/2 years ago and I feel the same way today. Hopefully he gets someone to help him figure this out. He was in a great situation and he gave it away once again. https://t.co/gK7XhWIrUE
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 3, 2022
Dungy’s comments came just a week after he criticized Brown for the handling of his return from a three-game suspension. Brown was questioned about misrepresenting his vaccination status and refused to answer questions about the issue. He went as far as accusing reporters of creating “drama” by asking about it, and that didn’t sit well with Dungy.
“Antonio Brown is a great football player — and I think he’s going to be the key for the Bucs repeating if they do get another Super Bowl — but his middle name is ‘drama’ so that’s always going to be a storyline with him,” Dungy said.
Indeed, Brown’s drama did become a storyline during his final month with the Buccaneers, as it has in each of his last four NFL stops. Now the only question is whether any other NFL team will be willing to take a chance on his talent if he can get some help.
For now, it’s hard to imagine Brown signing anywhere. After all, he has played in just 15 games during the last three seasons with the Raiders, Patriots and Buccaneers and has had an unceremonious exit from each squad.