Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens was recently asked to give his top four receivers in the league and mentioned Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, and Antonio Brown. I had my reservations about Owens actually being insane, but picking Brown over Dallas Cowboys star WR Dez Bryant is clear proof.
There is absolutely no question Brown is a very talented player, but he’s not Bryant. He had a fabulous year last season hauling in 110 receptions for 1,499 yards, and eight touchdowns. It’s not like Bryant had a bad year last year either. He grabbed 93 balls for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns.
When strictly comparing the two careers thus far, Bryant outshines Brown in all major categories. It’s pretty easy to compare the two since they were both drafted in 2010.
Brown has 261 catches, 3,561 yards and 15 touchdowns in 54 career games.
Bryant has 293 catches 4,104 yards with 40 touchdowns in 59 career games.
It’s about what each person likes when it comes to the position. If someone prefers quick, agile, receivers with blistering breakaway speed then Brown is the choice. If they prefer a hulking receiver with strength, size, and leaping ability they would go with Bryant. Just remember, this game is about scoring touchdowns. First downs and yards after the catch mean nothing if a player can’t get himself into the end zone. That’s what truly makes a receiver a playmaker, and nobody has been better than Bryant.
Bryant’s 40 touchdowns through his first four years is better than Megatron, Marshall, Fitzgerald, all-time greats Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, and even Owens himself.
Owens is going after some more attention which is nothing new. As usual he comes out looking like a fool. He’s entitled to his opinion, but that doesn’t mean anyone is valuing it, especially with statements like this one.
These two young players have bright futures, but in the end I think we will be talking about Brown being a Pittsburgh Steelers great and talking about Bryant as one of the best to ever play the position.