Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown took issue with former teammate Emmanuel Sanders calling Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning a “far better leader” than Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“That was terrible,” Brown said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “You don’t throw your quarterback under the bus, the guy who makes you who you are.”
Brown and Sanders were teammates in Pittsburgh for four seasons.
Sanders told 104.3 The Fan Denver on Monday that he never has to chase down Manning to put in extra time together after practice.
“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”
Sanders played from 2010-13 with Roethlisberger. Last March, he signed with the Broncos as a unrestricted free agent.
Brown said he hasn’t talked with Sanders since his Manning-Roethlisberger comparison.
“Right now I’m just singularly focused on our team, getting better and winning,” said Brown who was drafted by the Steelers in 2010, the same year as Sanders. “When things happen like that … I don’t know. Emmanuel’s my guy and I’m sure he feels sorry for those words that he put out.”
I never said Ben wasn’t a leader… I just said Peyton is a better one. I have nothing but respect for Ben as a man and as a player. #truth
— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) July 28, 2014