Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is getting growing MVP buzz after an impressive performance against the Baltimore Ravens to clinch the AFC North on Sunday night.
Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards in a 39-38 victory and now has 99 receptions for 1,509 yards on the season. He’s on pace to catch 122 passes for 1,858 yards and that could be enough to make him the first wide receiver to win the league’s most valuable player award since the Associated Press began awarding it in 1957.
In fact, only three players who don’t play either running back or quarterback have won the award in its history, so Brown even being in the conversation puts him in truly elite company. And his teammates would argue there’s never been a wide receiver more deserving.
“If there’s any receiver who could get MVP, it’s him,” Steelers tight end Jesse James said according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “Plays that shouldn’t happen, he makes plays on. Balls that shouldn’t be caught, he gets his feet in. He makes the best play look like it’s easy for him. Best receiver in the game, there’s no doubt.”
Brown will have his biggest stage on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS against the New England Patriots. And one could argue that he and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are the two best MVP candidates after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL on Sunday.
So, with another big game and a Steelers win, Brown could be set to make history as the first player at his position to be named Most Valuable Player.
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