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Antonio Brown focused on becoming greatest WR of all time

LATROBE, Pa. -- The NFL's best wide receiver in 2014 is unabashed in his desire to be the best wide receiver in any year.

Those around Antonio Brown see that plan in motion every day in Pittsburgh Steelers training camp. He torched every cornerback who lined up against him in one-on-ones Wednesday and caught four passes, one for a touchdown, in the team's two-minute drill period.

"He's trying to be the G.O.A.T.," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. "And he won't settle for anything less."

Brown confirmed that. And after 33 straight games of at least five catches and at least 50 yards -- an NFL record by 14 games -- the standard is set.

"That's exactly my mindset," Brown told ESPN.com when asked about becoming the greatest of all time. "I want to be special. Things are different now. I'm not that sixth-round pick anymore."

In 2010, the Steelers drafted Brown out of Central Michigan with the 195th overall pick.

Brown admits he has a ways to go in chasing standard-bearers such as Jerry Rice. But he might thrust himself into the conversation eventually if he sustains his current pace. Brown's 239 catches for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns since 2013 represent the league's strongest body of work during that span. No other receiver got within 18 receptions of Brown's 129-catch total in 2014. And Brown, who is 5-foot-10, has added 5 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Continuing his 5-and-50 streak for one more full season would put him at 49 straight games, approaching Joe DiMaggio-like numbers. Brown said he tries not to think about that streak but said having a "Hall of Fame quarterback" such as Ben Roethlisberger and a strong supporting cast helps extend it.

"Ben is never going to quit. He's never going to go down easy. He can always extend plays," Brown said. "He won't let a guy to sack him, which allows me time to work. A lot goes into it, like when you know teams are game planning to take you out. But like Ben says, 'Just stay with me,' because there are days when you have two catches after three quarters and then you start connecting. That you can still be able to be somewhat consistent and productive speaks volumes about our quarterback and our offense."

Brown is starting to expand off the field, too. His jersey is the NFL's 29th-best seller in recent NFL Players Association rankings, and he collaborated with Rolls-Royce on driving a Steelers-inspired Phantom to training camp. He was a finalist for the "Madden NFL 16" cover, which went to New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

"I'm definitely perceived by the fans in a great way," Brown said. "I've got a good personality, a good heart, I pay homage to the fans, I have a clean face."