Although Vontaze Burfict and Antonio Brown may share a bit of a history as former members of rival teams, it seems there are no hard feelings now that they are both with the Oakland Raiders.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals once shared one of the most tenacious rivalries in the league. At the center of most of the action were Brown and Burfict.
The two have traded their fair share of words and hits over the years. Fortunately, it appears they are willing to let it stay in the past:
Burfict said there is no lingering negativity between him and Brown now that they are with the Raiders,via ESPN:
“We’re on the same team,” Burfict said. “It’s one goal. It’s all positive, man. He’s a great player. … I’m going to approach him just like I do all my other teammates. … There’s nothing negative here. We’re on the same team. We’re trying to win a championship here.
“Honestly, we might be the closest friends on the team, you know what I mean? So, just got to go along with it, and I can’t wait to meet him.”
This is certainly an encouraging sign for the Raiders moving forward. Especially since Burfict’s comments have been echoed by Brown as well through his various posts on social media.
As former rivals, each player knows full well what the other brings to the table. Brown is a bonafide playmaker on offense while Burfict is a tenacious force on defense.
He will be reunited with his former defensive coordinator in Paul Guenther. It was under Guenther that Burfict enjoyed his lone Pro Bowl season and is hoping to return to form moving forward.