There may be no more time-honored football tradition thanAntonio Brownarriving at training camp via some outlandish vehicle. Over the last few years, Brown had showed up toPittsburgh Steelerscamp in ablack-and-yellow Rolls Royce, a 1930 open-top Rolls Royce with achauffeurin tow anda helicopter.
Behold, A.B.’s latest grand entrance.
Brown announced his arrival to his first training camp with theOakland Raidersby taking a hot air balloon ride above Napa Valley, per a video released by Oakland.
“I thought it would be exciting to switch it up. Napa Valley is obviously known for the hot air balloons,” Brown said in the clip. “This camp is so important for this team because it’s a lot at stake. We kind of have to develop our identity. I think it all starts there with the commitment from guys there and everyone there understanding the reason we there and why they’re putting their hand in the pile to make the raiders great again. It starts today.”
It’s unclear whether A.B. actually dropped into Oakland’s camp at the Napa Valley Training Complex via hot air balloon, a maneuver that seems, I don’t know, all levels of dangerous and in violation of California balloon code. But it’s fun regardless.
After months of blowing hot air on his way out of Pittsburgh, Brown has finally found a way to put it to good use out west.
Just wrapped#Raiderstraining camp presser w/ GM Mike Mayock & HC Jon Gruden. When asked about@AB84â€˜s hot air balloon arrival Gruden said, â€œDid he land? Is he ok? Thatâ€™s all I care about!â€ Gruden says he expected something crazier than a hot air balloon.@nflnetworkpic.twitter.com/Dz6QySTIUs
â€” MJ Acosta (@MJAcostaTV) July 26, 2019
In (probably) unrelated news, Oakland placed Brown on the non-football injury list on Friday, though the receiver’s stay should not be very long. TheRaidershave their first training camp practice on Saturday.