Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/27/12

This week marks the start of training camp for teams across the NFL, and you had to know at least one player was going to make an unexpectedly loud entrance. What you may have had trouble guessing is that the man to do it would be Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. Keisel, who has become as well-known for his insane beard as he has for his energetic play on the field, showed up to Steelers camp on Wednesday in a huge orange tractor.

“I love driving these things because it reminds me of my childhood,” Keisel said according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “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.

“It took me maybe an hour. I got some looks. People were like, ‘What is this guy doing?’”

You hear that? Not only did Keisel drive an hour to camp in a bad-ass farm tractor, he also has a message about hard work to go along with it. Now I know why someone would want to get an insanely detailed tattoo of this guy. If you thought Roy Halladay’s black hot rod or Derek Holland’s dune buggy were cool, you have to appreciate this rig.

And that’s not all. When he hopped out of the tractor and toward a slew of reporters, the big man was wearing the shirt you see below.

Grand entrance? That would be a bit of an understatement.

H/T Eye on Football
Photo credits: Brett Keisel on Twitter

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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