Dating back to his NFL debut in 2010, Antonio Brown has always spotted the number 84 on the back of his jersey.
He had a simple reason as to why he chose that number.
“Well, my number is 84. Eight times four is 32. Thirty-two teams looked past me, even the Steelers. So every time I go out there it’s a little added motivation.”
Brown had no choice but to move on from that number after he joined the New England Patriots. Benjamin Watson, who is currently suspended, is wearing the No. 84 and Brown is not allowed to change numbers mid-season, according to NFL rules.
Brown decided to wear the No. 17 because his father, Eddie, did in the Arena Football League.
He confirmed that during an emotional video he put on his YouTube page.
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“You know, my dad always inspired me, you know what I mean? From his work ethic, following commitment. No. 17, you know, I’ve seen that guy make a lot of touchdowns, dedicated his life, sacrificed his life. We got so much similarities, our charisma, the way we approach the field. Seeing me and seeing my dad is like seeing two identical guys. It’s kind of rare. You know it’s like seeing your son but more so like your brother. You know, our mannerisms, the way we approach the game, the way we make people feel. A lot of similarities between me and my dad. I’m glad he’s my dad.”