Patriots make business-like training camp entrances, unlike players around the NFL

Gabby Guerard
July 26, 2019 - 3:35 pm

The Patriots, reigning Super Bowl champions, showed up for training camp in a simple, business-like manner.

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However, around the league, players have been making dramatic entrances to training camp.

Antonio Brown is known for arriving in style to the Steelers’ training camps, doing so in a black-and-yellow Rolls Royce, a 1930s open-top Rolls Royce with a chauffeur, and even a helicopter in recent years. This year, he continued that tradition by arriving to the Raiders’ camp in a hot air balloon, riding above Napa Valley.

"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."

Though he isn't alone. 

Jalen Ramsey had a blunt, yet extravagant entrance to the Jaguars’ training camp. After the team decided to not pay the All-Pro cornerback this offseason, electing to wait at least one more year to negotiate a new deal, Ramsey made it clear that he had one goal: getting his money.

Ramsey emerged out of an armored truck with the word “BOOST” written on the side. Upon arriving, a guard with a megaphone gave him quite the introduction.

"Y'all know what time it is. Ya'll know what time it is. His man coverage is so good he's got his own cell phone service," the guard shouted. "The man so good they fixing to give him his own jail ... because these receivers are on 24-hour lockdown. If you check his pockets, he has eight master locks in his pockets. They're on lockdown all season.

"The man, they myth, Jalen Ramsey!"

Tarik Cohen also made a grand entrance to the Bears’ training camp Thursday. The running back elected to show up to Bourbonnais in a Polaris Slingshot – a three-wheeled, “street legal” vehicle that has a starting retail price as high as $30,999.

I didn’t go over 25,” Cohen said, despite the fact that the vehicle can hit up to 130 m.p.h., insisting he drove the speed limit at all times Olivet Nazarene University. “Y’all can check it. Go back and roll the tape. It might have sounded loud, but it wasn’t over 25.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Sherman arrived with a police escort for Kansas City’s training camp. Unlike Cohen’s Slingshot or Ramsey’s armored truck, the fullback arrived in Clint Bowyer’s NASCAR ride.

While a number of players have made dramatic entrances to training camp this year, the idea isn’t new. Players have been taking part in the fun for years.

Back in 1996, Deion Sanders arrived for his first training camp with the Cowboys on a custom, sporty black $30,000 Mercedes golf cart, complete with cushy seating, tinted windows, a mist dispenser, and a stereo system. The rest of his teammates at the time came to camp in standard white golf carts.

Though so far, the Patriots haven't seen any flashy entrances.