First Call: Antonio Brown’s gaudy new jewelry; JuJu goes to London
In Wednesday’s “First Call,” the latest major jewelry purchase by Antonio Brown is hilarious. JuJu Smith-Schuster goes to London. Myles Garrett shows us why he is a beast.
I see what you did there
Antonio Brown has some new jewelry. It’s a dedication to Muhammad Ali.
And himself, of course.
The former Steelers wideout purchased a $250,000 necklace. According to TMZ, the new Oakland Raider wanted a custom bee pendant with butterfly wings wearing a No. 84 jersey to make the mutual dedication.
Get it? “Float like a butterfly. Sting like A.B.”
Oh, Antonio. You have such a way with words.
TMZ says 65 carats are on the chain and 50 carats on the pendent. This will match nicely with his G.O.A.T rings.
Let’s just hope that Brown guards his jewels better than old buddy Le’Veon Bell apparently did recently.
Another changing of the guard
No. Not the one from Brown to JuJu Smith-Schuster at wide receiver in Pittsburgh.
JuJu can actually watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace if he wants.
The Steelers Pro Bowler is in London to promote the NFL Academy as an official NFL Academy ambassador.
— SteelVideos (@SteelBlitzburgh) July 1, 2019
Smith-Schuster put some kids through a few drills.
— GiveMeSport NFL (@GMS_NFL) July 2, 2019
And he ran the 40-yard dash himself, too.
Smith-Schuster was quick to point out that Big Ben is under construction.
Russ, Audrey! Look kids…. pic.twitter.com/RNe3gUhIUW
— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) June 27, 2019
Let’s hope the other Big Ben needs no bracing and support like that this year.
Best of the best
Sports Illustrated’s MMQB podcast came up with a list of the top 10 offensive linemen in the NFL.
Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling had Dallas guard Zack Martin in the top spot and Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari at No. 2.
Two Steelers made the list. Center Maurkice Pouncey was ninth and guard David DeCastro was seventh.
Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce and Dallas’ Travis Frederick were the other centers besides Pouncey. Quentin Nelson of the Colts was the only other AFC guard besides DeCastro.
Tackle Tyron Smith gave Dallas three of the top 10.
Oh my, Myles!
Want to know why offensive linemen have a hard time with Cleveland’s Myles Garrett?
Check out this workout routine.
Totally normal human being Myles Garrett effortlessly doing box jumps with 40lb dumbbells.
If I tried this there’s an 80% chance I’d rip both arms completely off my body. pic.twitter.com/F96r6gDWxs
— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) July 2, 2019
I’d get tired just doing the box jumps without the weights.
Heck, I’d get tired just holding the weights.
Who am I kidding? I got winded writing this column.
We know that the U.S. women’s national team is heading to the World Cup final.
On Wednesday, we’ll find out who they play.
The other semifinal starts at 3 p.m. Sweden plays the Netherlands. The game is on Fox.
The Dutch have won their five games by a combined score of 10-3. Sweden lost to the Americans, 2-0, earlier in the tournament. But they beat Thailand, China, Canada and Germany by a 10-2 aggregate score.
Who am I rooting for? Well, Sweden, of course. Why? Well because …