PITTSBURGH -- Two days after his 16-catch performance against Denver, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught a screening of the new "Concussion" movie, and he brought the Clairton (Pennsylvania) High School football team with him.
Brown treated the kids to a showing at AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre in Homestead. Brown hopes the film educated the young players on the safety of the game.
"Doing something positive, giving thoughts and motivation together with time to go see a movie," said Brown, who has spent time with the Clairton team in the past.
The film stars Will Smith and chronicles Dr. Bennet Omalu's discovery of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated head trauma. Omalu discovered CTE after studying the brain of former Steelers center Mike Webster. Many of the movie's scenes were shot in Pittsburgh.
Brown called the film "really inspiring."
"It lets you know what the NFL was like a long time ago, how it's grown and changed, the things players have persevered from then to today," Brown said.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he plans to see the movie, though he admits he doesn't go to the movies often.