Antonio Brown arrived at Raiders training camp Friday amid great speculation — not about whether he would show up, but on how he would get there.
Brown arrived at Steelers camp last year in a helicopter, which is a hard act to top, but the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver gave it a shot, flying in to Raiders camp on a hot-air balloon.
The Raiders posted video of his adventure in a tweet entitled “Float like a butterfly, sting like AB” (clever: the late Muhammad Ali would probably approve).
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) July 26, 2019
“I thought it would be exciting to switch it up,” Brown said. “Napa Valley is obviously known for hot-air balloons.”
While flying over the picturesque countryside in the balloon, Brown talked about the importance of this training camp for the entire team. The Raiders acquired Brown in a trade with the Steelers earlier this year, and he faces great expectations.
“This camp is so important for this team, because there’s a lot at stake,” Brown said. “We kind of got to develop our identity.”
Upon touching down, Brown had a message for Raiders faithful.
“Raiders Nation, I’m here in Napa. It’s time to get to work, baby.”