Antonio Brown Shares Apology to Ben Roethlisberger on Instagram: 'I Never Realized How Good I Had It'

Antonio Brown appears determined to bury the hatchet over his personal feud with Ben Roethlisberger and has apologized to his former teammate.

The duo shared the locker room in Pittsburgh for nine seasons, but their relationship came to an acrimonious end as Brown grew dissatisfied with his role in the organization and was eventually traded to the Oakland Raiders in March last year.

On Wednesday, however, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection appeared to offer an olive branch to Roethlisberger, admitting he had underestimated how successful their relationship had been.

"Mostly you a little bit of me ! Yee yee !!," Brown wrote as caption on a picture of him and Roethlisberger he posted on Instagram.

"I never realized how good I had it, got caught up in my emotion with everyone coming after me I really apologize for my actions sincerely man ! It's never been another connection like what we done in the past decade. I appreciate you. Sincerely AB."

The post comes a week after Brown told 93.7 The Fan he "loved" his former teammate.

"Do I hate Ben? No," the wide receiver, who is now a free agent, said in the interview. "Do I love Ben? Yes. Ben's a great guy, great person, great quarterback, all the disappointment and frustration we had should've been hashed out but when ego and emotion get involved, a lot of stuff goes different ways."

Both the interview and the Instagram post mark a drastic change in the dynamic of Brown's relationship with Roethlisberger.

Problems first arose in September 2018, when former Pittsburgh Steelers employee Ryan Scarpino suggested on Twitter the wide receiver's brilliance was down to Roethlisberger.

Brown has recorded six consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches and has broken the 1,000 receiving yards threshold in all but his two seasons in Pittsburgh.

The Central Michigan alumni took exception to his credentials been questioned and dared the Steelers to trade him, only for Roethlisberger to publicly defend him and describe him as "the best in the world."

Following a loss to the Denver Broncos three months later, the quarterback threw an interception late in the game that condemned the Steelers to defeat and blamed Brown for running the wrong route.

The latter seemingly accepted the criticism and both players dismissed rumors of a feud, but discontent grew louder and Brown didn't hold back, calling out his teammate in a series of tweets which have since been deleted.

In February last year, he took to Twitter to criticize Roethlisberger for receiving what he perceived to be special treatment, which allowed the quarterback to call out coaches and players without repercussions.

A month later Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders, before being released by the organization amid off-field issues shortly before Week 1 of the NFL season. He subsequently signed for the New England Patriots but his stay with the six-time Super Bowl champions was even shorter and he was released after less than a month with the team because of sexual assault allegations.

In an attempt to criticize what he considered to be double standards in the NFL, he took a shot at his former teammate.

In 2009, Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea McNulty a year earlier, although criminal charges could not be filed against him due to lack of evidence.

The quarterback was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season, which Brown hinted was too lenient a measure compared with the Patriots decision to cut him from the roster instead.

In December last year, the wide receiver again opened fire on Roethlisberger, suggesting the quarterback's best years came when Brown was in Pittsburgh.

Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger
Antonio Brown #84 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of the game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty