A.J. Brown was once a beloved person in Tennessee while he played for the Titans. Those days have changed since he was traded to the Eagles on draft day.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver has happily played a villain for those who once cheered him when he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Preparing to face his former team in Week 13, Brown told NFL Media that Titans fans “hate me,” and admitted he’s helped fuel the fire.
“Oh, they hate me,” the Philadelphia Eagles star told NFL Network’s James Palmer ahead Sunday’s Week 13 game against the Titans. “Part of it is my fault. I mean, some people still love me, but I think the majority of their fans are out to get me. It’s a part of it, though.”
Brown didn’t have a clean separation from the team as it reported he “requested a trade and cut off all contact with the Titans” weeks before the 2022 NFL draft. That will rub a fan base the wrong way each and every time.
Not helping matters is Brown constantly talking about the situation as well as trolling his old team.
His matchup with his old team will be at Lincoln Financial Field, so the 2020 Pro Bowler won’t have to experience a hostile atmosphere when he lines up against his former teammates. The Eagles only play AFC South teams once every four years, so Brown won’t be headed back to Tennessee anytime soon.
After logging 1,000-yard seasons in two of his three seasons in Tennessee, Brown is on pace for career numbers with the Eagles, leading the team with 53 catches for 831 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
He is a big reason why the Eagles are 10-1 and why they are putting the entire league on notice that the Super Bowl may have to come through them.