Antonio Brown is coming off the best season of his young career. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver hauled in a league-leading 129 receptions for 1,698 yards last season, earning First Team All-Pro honors in the process. Not bad for a 5-foot-10, sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan University. STACK caught up with Brown at an event sponsored by BioRhythm, a supplement company he endorses, to learn more about the overachieving receiver.
1. He’s Friends with The Rock
Brown often looks to his friend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for inspiration and advice. The two share the same personal trainer, Dave Rienzi, and they even work out together. “I look up to Dwayne. He really helps me get better,” Brown says. “He always tells me to keep smiling and to stay hungry and stay humble and to work my butt off. He believes in me and believes that I can be great.”
2. He Loves a Big Breakfast
Brown starts his training days with a big meal of protein, healthy fats and whole grains. “In the morning, I’ll have six boiled eggs. I’ll eat two of them whole, so I can get some of those good fats, and then the other ones I’ll eat just the egg whites,” Brown says. “I also eat some steel cut oatmeal. And then I eat bison, which is a really good source of lean protein.”
Nutrition is very important to Brown, and he believes it’s a big reason for his success. He says, “Some guys are concerned with the clothes they wear or the cars they drive, but none of that stuff is as important as what you put into your body.”
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3. He Works Out With His Childhood Buddy (Who’s Also an NFL Player)
Brown spends much of his off-season training with Kayvon Webster, a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. The two men have been friends since high school, and they push each other to their respective limits when they work out together. “Kayvon works really hard. We really push each other and hold each other accountable,” Brown says.
4. He Wants to Pack on Some Muscle
“With everything you do, you’ve got to have a vision and a goal. This off-season, my goal is to gain five pounds o