Steelers star Brown treats Clairton football team to an evening of fun


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The Clairton football team is used to celebrating championships at this point, but that doesn't mean it gets old.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown joined the Bears Friday night at Dave and Buster's to commemorate their fourth consecutive PIAA championship.

"It's always good to touch base with the community and give back to those people that are doing good things," Brown said. "Show them that we're watching, rooting for them and bring them out to have a great day like this."

Brown was supposed to speak April 14 at Clairton's team banquet, but didn't show up due to an apparent schedule mix-up. Brown was at another event in his home state of Florida that day and said there was a "miscommunication from the people who work for [him.]"

After the confusion, Brown said it was important for him to make it up to Clairton. The Bears had dinner and played video games for a few hours Friday night, with Brown picking up the tab.

Earlier in the day, Brown also spoke at Clairton's elementary school.

"I'm glad to be here," Brown said. "It was important for me to go out to the school, talk to them. I pride myself on being a big-time guy, being a man of my word. Hopefully these kids had a great time, hopefully a better time than it would have been before."

Brown arrived a little more than an hour after the team started dinner, raising some concerns if he was going to stand up the Bears again. He said he was held up by some family obligations, but did make it in time to play video games and chat with the high school players.

Part of the reason Brown felt so obligated to make up his first missed appearance to the Clairton players was the responsibility and standing of the Steelers in the Pittsburgh community, he said. Brown also mentioned he would be interested in bringing some Clairton players to a Steelers game at some point.

"We have a high-standing organization," he said. "We know the kids around this community look up to us and understand what it's about. They get excited to watch games and we've got a lot of die-hards out here."

Brown said meeting with the players brought back memories of his days at Norland High School in Miami.

"We didn't win as much as Clairton, but I remember having a lot of fun. I remember getting an opportunity to talk to [Chiefs receiver] Dwayne Bowe, a guy who was in the NFL coming back to my high school."

Three Clairton seniors -- Tyler Boyd, Terrish Webb and Titus Howard -- will join Brown on the South Side next year when they enroll as freshmen on the Pitt football team. Brown said his main message to those trying to follow in his footsteps was to "have a plan."

Despite the delay, Bears coach Tom Nola was grateful for Brown helping celebrate the Bears' PIAA title.

"They see him on TV," Nola said. "They know how good he is and they all want to be there."

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @SWernerPG. First Published May 11, 2013 4:00 AM


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