Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown gave credit to his teammates and coaching staff for believing in him after he scored his first touchdown as a Buccaneer. Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, was given another shot in the NFL with the Buccaneers and he made a clutch play on Sunday to help his team clinch a win over the Atlanta Falcons.
With 6:25 left to play in the game, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Brown and the Buccaneers took a 31-27 lead after previously trailing 17-0 at halftime. "I'm just grateful that these guys believe in me," said Brown, who had 93 receiving yards on the day, per ESPN.
"To get the opportunity to come here, be a part of the team, to put my hand in the pile to help these guys win. They were excited for me. I'm super grateful for it."
Brown couldn't hide his happiness and emotions
"It's been a long journey for me," Brown said.
"As soon as I caught it, I went straight to my knees and called God and gave praise. [I'm] extremely grateful to be here with Tampa Bay and have the opportunity to live out my dream and play football -- it's something I love to do.
I know not only was I excited, but I know my close friends and family and my kids are all excited for me." Brady was happy with the win but he also extremely happy to see Brown making a positive impact and getting into the end zone again.
"It was great. He's been working hard at that, and [we] finally got him an opportunity to touch one of those. Mike did a good job on the other side, the safety kind of got stuck in the middle, and AB just ran right by him.
I put it out there for him, [and] he made a great catch. Love seeing him get in the end zone." Brady publicly advocated for the Buccaneers to sign Brown, who some believed would never again get another chance in the NFL.
"Obviously as a teammate, as someone who knows him pretty well, he's done a lot of work to get to this point," Brady said of Brown. "[I'm] just proud of him and his focus, and how he's prioritized different things. A lot of the guys in that receiver group have helped him. He's making great contributions."