When he found out he was going to be inactive, he stayed at the stadium until halftime, but then chose to leave Heinz Field, even though the Steelers were trailing 10-3 and their playoff hopes were on the line.
Brown was not allowed to play in an "embarrassing" display, as one Steelers player put it. Despite increased team success, the wideout's production actually dipped following the team's midseason firing of Hue Jackson.
And fittingly, the Steelers missed the postseason in the most gut-wrenching fashion possible.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in their season finale on Sunday afternoon, but it was all for naught, as the Steelers finished the year with a record of 9-6-1, missing out on the playoffs.
The celebration came after Mayfield threw a touchdown pass, and then ran to the sidelines to celebrate with offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. We stand by our work. In fact, Dan Rooney cemented his legacy as the greatest owner in NFL history because he was unafraid to challenge his very good football coaches.
Interestingly enough, the Steelers did beat the Patriots 17-10 in Week 15, though they tried to give that one away, too. He arrived at Heinz Stadium on Sunday expecting to play and when he did not, Brown left by the half.
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 33 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field on November 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
And it all happened via an interception by linebacker C.J. Mosley.