1of10Antonio Brown showed up to Raiders training camp in hot air balloon.Raiders/Twitter2of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles during the NFL football team’s news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Ben Margot/Associated Press3of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown runs during an official team activity at the NFL football team’s headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Jeff Chiu / Associated Press4of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Eric Risberg / AP5of10Oakland Raiders wide receivers Keelan Doss, left, and Antonio Brown warm up during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Eric Risberg / AP6of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown runs during an official team activity at the NFL football team’s headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Jeff Chiu / Associated Press7of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles during the NFL football team’s news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Ben Margot / Associated Press8of10Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, center, holds his jersey beside coach Jon Gruden, left, and general manager Mike Mayock during an NFL football news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Ben Margot / Associated Press9of10Antonio Brown smiles as he speaks during a press conference where the Raiders announced the acquisition of the wide receiver at their team headquarters in Alameda, Calif., on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle10of10Antonio Brown, smiles during a press conference as the Raiders announce the acquisition of the wide receiver at their team headquarters in Alameda, Calif., on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The ChronicleDays after Jalen Ramsey arrived at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp in a Brinks truck and Tarik Cohen drove into Chicago Bears camp in a Slingshot, Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown somehow found a way to one-up his NFL compatriots.Because ground vehicles are for chumps, Brown decided to “switch it up” by using a hot air balloon to travel to the Napa Valley for Raiders training camp.“The Napa Valley is obviously known for the hot air balloons,” Brown said in a video posted by the Raiders’ official Twitter account. “There’s a lot at stake. We’ve got to develop our identity, I think it all starts today with the commitment from guys there, everyone there understanding the reason we’re there and why they’re putting their hand in the pile, to make the Raiders great again.”Float like a butterfly, sting like AB.#RaiderNation X @AB84 pic.twitter.com/68X0EWlDRp— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) July 26, 2019After the balloon touched down, Brown proclaimed, “Raider Nation, I’m here in Napa, excited to get to work baby!” before delivering a pun for the ages.“Float like a butterfly, sting like AB.”MORE RAIDERS: Raiders just the sixth-most popular NFL team in Las Vegas, map saysThe Raiders were one of several teams to report to training camp on Friday, marking the official end of the 2019 NFL offseason.On Wednesday, Ramsey showed up to Jaguars camp in an armored bank truck, a not-so-subtle reference to his upcoming contract negotiations with the team.Cohen rolled up to Bears camp on Thursday in a Slingshot, a three-wheeled motor vehicle with no roof or doors.The Raiders will be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, so fans will get to experience Brown’s first training camp as a Raider in all of its glory.Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_erictingSource linkSource linkSource link
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