NFL 2016: Antonio Brown on the Receiving End
NFL 2016: Antonio Brown on the Receiving End

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's past three seasons have been second to none. In that three-year span, Brown has an amazing 375 receptions for 5,031 receiving yards. As the NFL's elite receiver, Antonio should dominate again this season

Over the past three seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown has increased his reception total each year. Last season he finished with a personal-best 136, the second-most in a season in NFL history. This season, Brown should eclipse the single-season record of 143 receptions set by Marvin Harrison in 2002.

"He is very driven to prove that he is among the elite guys at his position right now," says Steelers offensive coordinator TODD HALEY about Brown, who also ranks second in the NFL with a single-season franchise-record 1,834 receiving yards in 2015. "I think from a big-picture standpoint, he is one that they will talk about for a long time."


Brown, who had 129 receptions in 2014, has two of the top four seasons with the most receptions in NFL history.

Most receptions in a single NFL season

Player Team Season Receptions
Source: NFL
Marvin HarrisonIndianapolis2002143
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2015136
Julio JonesAtlanta2015136
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2014129
Herman MooreDetroit1995123


Brown has 375 catches over the past three seasons, the most in any three-season span in league history.

Most receptions in a three-season span

Player Team Seasons Receptions
Source: NFL
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2013-15375
Marvin HarrisonIndianapolis2000-02354
Wes WelkerNew England2007-09346
Marvin HarrisonIndianapolis2001-03346
Jerry RiceSan Francisco1994-96342


Brown also joined WES WELKER (2007-09) as the only players in NFL history with three consecutive 110-catch seasons.

"The guy is an elite receiver," says former Steelers wide receiver HINES WARD about Brown. "You really can't guard him in any way."

Brown's 5,031 receiving yards over the past three seasons are the second-most of any player in NFL history in any three-year span, trailing only CALVIN JOHNSON (5,137 from 2011-13).

The players with the most receiving yards in a three-year span:

Most Receiving Yards in a three-season span

Player Team Seasons Yards
Source: NFL
Calvin JohnsonDetroit2011-135,137
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2013-155,031
Jerry RiceSan Francisco1993-954,850
Calvin JohnsonDetroit2010-124,765
Marvin HarrisonIndianapolis2000-024,659


Brown, who has also returned a punt for a touchdown in each of the past three seasons, is the only player in league history with at least 100 receptions and a punt-return touchdown in multiple seasons (2013-15).

"A.B. is one of the best receivers in the league," says Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER. "He does a little bit of everything. He plays big all the time."

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