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Of course, that last part suggests he’s been a victim, and to that you could almost hear the eyes of his audience rolling.
He went on to answer a question about what advice he’d give to Antonio Brown by saying he’d remain humble and surround himself with the “right company.”
He conceded that for him, the last year a half was a long journey.
“Lot of scrutiny, adversity, you name it, I’ve been through it,” he said. “But it didn’t stop me, it didn’t make me want to give up. I just got persistent. Made a plan. Worked out my goals. Set my intention on what I wanted in my life, took a step back, got refocused, put out a play, prayed on it, went out and did it. Grateful to be in this moment, but there’s still a long way to go.”
As for his legacy, Brown said he wanted to be remembered for his persistence.
“A guy that never gave up, no matter the odds, no matter the hate, no matter the scrutiny, no matter what I went through,” he said. “I want my legacy to be a sixth round pick from Central Michigan that never gave up, earned everything he got, persevered through every adversity, and a guy that had the will of a champion.
“Everything I been through prepared me for this position, prepared me for where I’m at in my life right now.”
We’ll see where he goes from here. If he gets back on track, Brady will deserve credit for turning around the Bucs, who were 7-9 a year ago, and Brown, all in fell swoop.
ACROSS THE MIDDLE: Patrick Mahomes was a 37th round pick of in the 2014 MLB amateur draft, but the Detroit Tigers didn’t take the flier on him based on his college numbers. At Texas Tech he played on game, and while he was 0-for-2 with a strikeout, uglier was his performance on the mound: In relief he faced three batters and was charged with three earned runs, on two bases on balls and a hit by a pitch. “I think I have an infinity ERA which isn’t a very good one,” Mahomes said Wednesday, correct on both counts. “That’s something I’m not very proud to have on my record.” Safe to say he picked the right career to pursue … RB Le’Veon Bell (knee) and Sammy Watkins (calf) were listed as “limited” in Chiefs practice Wednesday … The same classification was given after Tampa’s practice to Brown, LB Lavonte David (hamstring), S Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and S Antoine Winfield (ankle).