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Antonio Brown reflective on NFL career in new video

Antonio Brown continues to spend the 2019 season in NFL purgatory after the New England Patriots cut him loose on Sept. 20. The time away from the game has apparently inspired the mercurial wide receiver to become much more reflective and philosophical about his career.

What’s more, it at least seems like Brown has become much more appreciative over how fortunate he was to have the opportunity to play professional football.

Attached to a six-minute video shared Sunday on his official YouTube account, Brown writes, “I know I said I do not need to play I now realize how grateful I am to play this game and do not take it for granted.”

The footage opens with Brown spending time with his children and him expressing how meaningful those interactions are to him. Next, the video transitions to footage from his ongoing workouts, presumably to showcase to potentially interested teams how he’s staying in shape.

The case can be made that the video is merely a part of a carefully calculated public relations campaign that aims to portray a humbled Brown in a flattering light.

That said, Brown has done himself no favors during his unemployment, with damning reports of how he behaved erratically during a deposition, among other things, including some truly off-the-wall social media activity in recent weeks.

There nevertheless reportedly are “numerous teams” that remain interested in Brown, despite his many red flags, ongoing legal drama and grievances against the Patriots and Raiders filed on his behalf by the NFLPA.

It remains to be seen whether any team ultimately decides to take a flier on Brown, even with the knowledge that he brings potential headaches and distractions into the locker room.