NFL star Antonio Brown may be having some issues with his current team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it appears he still has a strong relationship with the Central Michigan football program, his alma mater.
Over the weekend, the Chippewas announced that the star wide receiver has donated a gift to the university.
According to WNEM, the former Chippewas standout donated six Dragon Seats heated benches to the Central Michigan football department. Dragon Seats is the only heated bench manufacturer used by the NFL.
The gift has a value of $105,000.
“With Coach (Jim) McElwain taking over the program, I wanted to do something that would help the players perform at their best,” Brown said in a statement. “These benches really help me stay loose and ready to perform no matter the conditions and I am excited to see how they help current and future Chippewas succeed. CMU will always be a special place for me and I am happy to be able to give back.”
McElwain, who won two SEC Eastern Division Championships and one SEC Coach of the Year award with the Florida Gators, agreed to become the 29th head football coach of Central Michigan on December 2, 2018.
Brown played for the Chippewas from 2007 to 2009. During his time with the program, Central Michigan won two MAC championships and Brown was an All-MAC honoree every year. Brown finished his college career with a school-record 305 receptions for 3,199 yards and 22 touchdowns.
There is no telling where Brown will play during the 2019-2020 NFL season after his apparent fallout with the Steelers, but it is good to see he will always be a Chippewa at heart.