NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar Antonio Brown strips down, abandons team during comeback win over New York Jets

Controversrial NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has added another chapter to his bizarre career, stripping off his uniform and leaving the stadium during Tampa Bay Buccaneers' comeback victory over lowly New York Jets.

The Super Bowl champions trailled 24-10 late in the third quarter, when Brown melted down on the sideline, taking off his pads and jersey, and throwing them into the crowd.

Teammates tried to restrain him, but he shrugged off their efforts and ran across the field, out of the stadium.

"He is no longer a Buc," confirms coach Bruce Arians. "That's the end of the story."

After Brown's departure, quarterback Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to Cameron Brate and Cyril Grayson to engineer yet another late win in his incredible career, as Tampa Bay prevailed 28-24 and improved to 12-4 for the season.

Brown, 33, has been one of the outstanding performers in his position over the past decade, but his feats on the field have been tainted by impetuous behaviour outside the lines.

He established himself as the NFL's premier receiver at Pittsburgh Steelers, but fell out with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and requested trade. 

Oakland Raiders made him the highest-paid wideout in the game, but a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock ended his short stint in the Bay Area.

Brown played one game with Brady at New England Patriots, but his stay there ended under investigation for sexual assault.

He reunited with the star quarterback at Tampa Bay last season and finally earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers, but now appears unlikely to add to that collection this year.