The New Orleans Saints‘ Brandin Cooks entered the NFL in 2014 and sought to find a veteran receiver most like him from whom to receive advice. He found that player in Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
In 2014, he was one of the best. Brown led the NFL in catches (129) and receiving yards (1,689) and scored 13 touchdowns.
“Throughout the season I would just text him, you know, ask him questions,” Cooks said. “How’d you get your (footwork) so good? How do you get in and out of your breaks so well? How do you separate from defenders so well?”
Cooks said he and Brown met at a shoe company function and exchanged numbers.
“I’m trying to get better,” Cooks said. “I want to learn from the best, and those who are doing it at such a high level, pick their brain and see what they do differently from everyone else.”
Cooks said Brown “always showed excitement when he texts back or when we talk. He gives a lot of feedback. He doesn’t send back one-word answers or a short message. If I got a question, he goes into depth and answers those questions for me.”