Could Eddie Brown be Empire’s next coach?

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There’s been a lot of chatter about who is going to take up the helm as head coach of the Albany Empire. When the dust settles, owner Antonio Brown might wind up giving the job to his father, arena football legend “Touchdown” Eddie Brown.

NewsChannel 13 sports director Rodger Wyland had multiple conversations with Antonio Brown on Monday.

When asked at 2:45 p.m. if he would consider naming his father as the next coach, Antonio Brown said he didn’t think it would work because Eddie Brown is too nice of a guy. He needed someone who would be tougher on the players and hold them accountable. He said he wanted to leave his father of it.

That changed at 6:45 p.m. Antonio Brown said in a follow-up conversation that he changed his mind. He said he will name his father the next head coach and there would be a news conference later this week to make it official.

Rodger Wyland’s Interview with Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown told Wyland on his Big Board Sports radio show Tuesday morning on WTMM-FM 104.5 The Team that he’s thinking about it.

“The Albany community did a lot for me. I know deep down inside if I accepted that, it would help the cause. But I don’t know if that’s the best thing for me personally,” he said.

Eddie Brown is considered the greatest player in the history of the Arena Football League. He led the very popular Albany Firebirds to a national title in 1999.