Who Invited Antonio Brown to Give a Pep Talk to High Schoolers?

There are many things fans can imagine Antonio Brown doing. Motivational speaking is not one of them. But Friday night, he did just that.
  • With his NFL career in limbo, there are many things we have come to expect from Antonio Brown. Motivational speaking is not one of them.
  • But following his team’s loss in the Florida High School playoffs Friday night, Atlantic head coach Tavarius “T.J.” Jackson let Brown speak to his kids.
  • Surprisingly, it wasn’t the dumpster fire we’ve come to expect from Antonio Brown.

Tavarius “T.J.” Jackson, head coach of the Atlantic Eagles in Delray Beach, Florida, appears to be a skilled high school football coach. After all, bad coaches usually don’t make the playoffs. However, even the best coaches can make bad decisions.

Jackson certainly used some questionable judgment following his team’s game on Friday night. After their 26-0 loss to Florida high school powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas, he invited a guest speaker to say a few words to his team—Antonio Brown.

Yes, that Antonio Brown.

Source: Twitter

Antonio Brown, Motivational Speaker?

Using motivational speakers before and after games – whether the team wins or loses is – a common practice by coaches at all levels. This is especially true for high school football. What better way is there for a coach to show he knows what he is talking about than to have one of his former players come to talk to his team?

It doesn’t even have to be a former player. Kids look up to professional athletes and often do their best to emulate them. So, in that respect, any NFL star could work.

But Antonio Brown? Really?

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Okay—had he done it last year, it would have been a genius move. Back then, Antonio Brown was the kind of guy you wanted speaking to high school kids. He worked hard, he played hard, and he was extremely successful.

A little eccentric maybe, but that’s okay.

But now? He has been accused of sexual assault – not once, but twice. He acted so incredibly foolish and childish that the Oakland Raiders didn’t want him anymore. He toed the line during his short tenure with the Patriots, but then burned that bridge after he got cut.

Last year, Antonio Brown would have made a great motivational speaker. Today? Not so much. | Source: Eric Espada / Getty Images / AFP

While he didn’t do anything to earn the money, he filed several grievances against both teams trying to recoup the salary he lost for acting like a fool. Then he actually thought the Patriots might welcome him back?

Brown can’t control himself on Twitter or in public situations—and doesn’t seem to think he has done anything wrong. But with his career hanging by a thread, he still tweets out statements that are stupid and ill-advised.

He is not the kind of guy that needs to or should be speaking to kids.

Then Again, He Did Give a Good Speech

The circumstances that led to Brown talking to the team are unknown. There is no apparent connection between Jackson and Brown. Brown went to a different Miami-area high school. In his brief time in the NFL, Jackson and Brown did not play together (nor did they play their college ball together).

There is nothing online that indicates Brown has any connection with Jackson’s non-for-profit, Prep & Sports.

It could have just been one of those happy coincidences where Brown was watching the game, and then asked to talk to the kids afterward. Maybe Jackson talked to Brown ahead of time about sending the right message. We don’t know.

Brown is the last person kids should look up to now, but he is still proof that hard work can pay off. From what the clip shows, his message was a good one.

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Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.