Training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers opened today. And while the parking lot at Saint Vincent College is undoubtedly littered with luxury cars, defensive end Brett Keisel decided to go another route.
And by another route, we mean that he showed up in the bright orange Kubota front-loading tractor pictured above.
“I love driving these things because it reminds me of my childhood,” Keisel said. “I grew up swathing hay and plowing fields and planting fields.
“I grew up in Wyoming driving one of these bad boys working on a farm. Hard work pays off. You have to deal with adversity, all the things we have to deal coming into this camp.”
Keisel has a friend at Murphy Family, Inc., in Washington, Pa., who allows him to use tractors on his local property. He said he drove the tractor about 20 miles Wednesday, including up Route 30 into Latrobe. Along the way, he received some strange glances from other drivers.
“It took me maybe an hour,” he said. “I got some...