Steelers WR Antonio Brown Responds To Comments Made By Emmanuel Sanders

Monday, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders took to the airwaves of a Denver sports radio station and let it be know that he thinks Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a far better leader than his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders told 104.3 The Fan in Denver. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”

Sanders’ comments immediately became headline news around the NFL and they’ve finally gotten back around to some of his former teammates.

On Wednesday, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was asked to weigh in on Sanders’ recent dissing of Roethlisberger. Brown, who just so happened to be selected 113 picks after his former teammate was in the 2010 NFL Draft, said he thought that what Sanders said was “terrible”, according to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times.

“You don’t throw your QB under the bus, the guy who made you who you are,” said Brown, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.

Sanders isn’t the first former Steelers wide receiver to say the wrong things to the media about Roethlisberger following their exit from the Steel City. Just last season, current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace proclaimed that his new quarterback Ryan Tannehill can probably throw the ball “a little bit farther than Ben.” Like Sanders, Wallace tried to backpedal after making that statement, but the original quote circulated for quite a while.

While together in Pittsburgh, Sanders, Brown and Wallace referred to themselves as the “Bugatti Boys.” By the sound of things, the three probably no longer exchange birthday or Christmas cards with each other.

As for Roethlisberger, I doubt he really cares what any of his former teammates think about him. Rest assured, we’re likely to find out soon if he does.

  • steeltown

    This whole thing is ridiculous.

    Funny though, I think Bryan mentioned it yesterday, but it’s not unheard of for QBs to spend extra time with the new WRs on roster, including rookies. I wouldn’t really consider that “leadership”… I’d call that due diligence.

  • Ryan Roberts

    and Lance Moore said Roethlisburger throws harder than Breeze- you will always have your current Qbs back- he didnt step on toes-

  • Shea Fahr

    Can’t wait to hear what he says about Peyton after he drops a few easy ones and get his A$$ ripped by the QB.

  • Biggie

    Who cares honestly, Ben knows who he is and we’re glad he is a Steeler and want noone else leading this team. Move on from this non-story.

  • Dorkewicz

    I’m just glad that we kept the better of the Bugatti Boys

  • itsgonnalast

    Brown had 1,500 yards last year and Cotchery had 10 touchdowns. To me, it looks like Sanders was the weak link and the only one who couldn’t get on the same page with Ben.

  • daddeeekip

    Well Sanders has a point about what he said. Maybe if Ben would have been a better leader and spent more time throwing passes to him after practice. Just maybe Sanders wouldn’t have drop that 2 pt conversion to tie the game against the Ravens or any other easy dropped pass . Shame on Ben for not leading him or showing diligence so he can have better hands.

  • Jeff

    I wonder what Wallace thinks about Ben now….

  • srdan

    I dont agree with him saying it publicly but he is telling the truth. Nobody in their right mind thinks that Big Ben works harder than Payton. Not even in the 15— zip codes. If he is put on the spot and had to say something, why not tell the truth?

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Wallace made comments last year and that didn’t go so well for him did it? I didn’t realize that the Broncs took Latimer. Well, don’t look too far Sanders because with Walker and Thomas already there, you could very quickly be option #4 in that offense at WR. There are only so many balls to go around.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The problem from my perspective are working hard and leadership are not necessarily the same thing.

  • srdan

    I agree with you. But I think that there are plenty of players that agree with sanders. Ben has been in the league for 10 years, and a capitain for 5 of them. I’m running to a meeting, but I bet Peytons number is higher than 50%.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I don’t think there is ANY debate that Peyton is the most prepared QB in the game today. He works hard and studies film probably more than his OC.

    That being said, I also think at times it is his biggest weakness. He sees X on tape. When a team does Y, he doesn’t want to adjust to it. He sees a tendency and thinks it is written in stone. IMO, that is why Seattle had him so confused in the SB. They changed what they were doing just enough to keep him confused.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Brown is a great player… but dumb as a rock. I shudder anytime he talks to the media.

  • Rob

    Emmanuel who!

  • PA2AK

    He also has on of the worst track records in games that matter.

  • I don’t necessarily think Peyton is a better leader or works harder. I think the real edge that Manning has over Ben is preparation. None if this talk really matters though. We’ll see who comes out on top.

  • joed32

    All Sanders is doing is kissing up to his new QB so he can get more looks. Not a big deal.

  • 20Stoney

    Also, Sanders led the team in turning one way while Ben threw the other. I honestly don’t remember anyone else close to him in that “stat”.

  • Steve

    Hope Sanders is happy where he is at, cause there is no turning back.

  • Steve

    Wallace will be looking for a job shortly and our roster is filled!

  • Steve

    Seattle shutdown Peytons passing and they couldn’t run.

  • SteelerMike

    Exactly! Jerome Bettis hit the nail on the head when he said Sanders “misunderstands what leadership is”. It was clear that Sanders was commenting more about Peyton’s meticulous preparation rather than his leadership.

  • Arthur Branch

    Lets get one thing straight about leadership. The name of the game is to lead your team to Super Bowl wins. Ben has 2 rings Peyton has 1. Throwing the ball after practice for 20 minutes is one thing but the end game is to win the Super Bowls. I think the fact that Ben called Justin Brown and Markus Wheaton during the off season was a real leadership move. He understands that he needs a real number 2 and 3 receiver which he did not have a 2 last year. It looks like it has Justin’s confidence in his self up. I look at Ben like I look at Bradshaw, not flashing but able to win the big games consistantly.

  • Kurt Williams

    Yeah, Peyton sure looked good leading against the Seahawks. Geez, Emmanuel enough with the Man-ning crush.

  • Lewis

    But yet Ben’s WR tree continues to grow. Wallace, Sanders, Brown, Cotchery….

  • Don

    It’s pretty funny how overly sensitive people get about stuff like this. Really, what do you expect a player to say about his new teammates? Especially one who’s a all-time legend. I find it more an example of upbeat comments about his new team than a snub of Ben.

    That said, Sanders is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed not to pick up on this, given that he had a front row seat to the Wallace drama a year ago.

  • Michael Pearce

    I never liked either Wallace or Sanders and was all too happy when they both left. They never were Steeler WR’s.

  • Ryan

    Like Ken said big difference between working hard and leadership. Manning may spend all that time in the film room but all its gotten him is 1 ring which Rex Grossman practically bought him. Ben had to make a shoestring tackle to get them to the big game for their first ring and had a huge scramble and pass on a 3rd down play plus a huge block on the randle el to ward pass. Second game he marched the team down the field to win it. Thats leadership.add in the fact Bens been known to work with his WR in the offseason like this past one he even flew to California to work with them instead making them come to him and not too mentions hes always hanging out with the oline. Therws different styles of leadership and obviously Sanders prefers one over the other.

  • Gautama Om

    Totally agreed. There wont be a 2nd stint with the Steelers for Sanders like other former Steelers returning after a hiatus elsewhere (e.g. Gay and Foote)

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    To be fair– working hard IS leadership. People tend to follow people that have passion. It is called inspirational leadership.

  • All I gotta say, and I’ve said this for the past two seasons, is I am glad Brown is the one we gave the extension to.

    Not because of the comments themselves, they were mostly harmless. But for the overall way they conduct themselves.

  • IckyD

    I think Manning might actually over-do it to a degree. A man needs rest and life beyond football.

  • IckyD

    Peyton is 7-8 years older than Ben, too.

  • IckyD

    Yeah- shame on Ben for making Sanders drop that pass. Sanders is only a WR, after all- he can’t be a leader…..oh, wait…..

  • 2443scott

    manning brady manning brady manning brady its all you hear they are best ever ….well 1 only won 1 superbowl the game that counts …the other won 3 by cheating his way to them …ben won two …so sanders can dish ben all he wants he better get his superbowl tickets early because he isnt winning one with either of those other 2 hes just like wallass ben got them to where they are 1 is in miami and doing what nothing the others in denver breathing in that mile high air …no wonder his brains out to lunch.