ALAMEDA – Antonio Brown knows the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas next year. That was part of the attraction donning silver and black, to capitalize on Nevada’s lack of state tax. And, you know, the glitz and glam of a destination city doesn’t hurt.
The star receiver was sensitive to this being the last season in Oakland, and was adamant that performing well here matters before the move.
“For me to be here in Oakland, a part of the Oakland Raiders and be able to be on the last team that’s ever going to be here in Oakland, it’s something special in itself,” Brown said during his introductory press conference. “So, there’s pressure in that, there’s excitement in that and there is a lot that comes with that, and I’m here today ready to embrace all that.”
Brown got a taste of local Raiders fans on Tuesday. He met up with Derek Carr at the quarterback’s Livermore house around noon, and then two went to work out at a local park.
Word travels fast, and fans showed up to watch this impromptu session.
“I was at the park earlier, throwing some routes, and some guys from Oakland were out there watching,” Brown said. “They were pretty excited when I caught one long pass. They were excited for me to jump in the Black Hole. I’m looking forward to the experience. I’m looking forward to leaping into the Black Hole, get our fans excited, celebrating with Derek, celebrating with the guys.
"I’m just here today, just the beginning of a great journey. Hopefully you guys are excited moving forward.”
Brown reported to the East Bay a day before the trade and new contract became official, and made a good impression.
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“It has been a great experience, but it has been going really fast,” Brown said. “I’m just trying to take it in but it’s all God’s plan, man. It’s an honor to be here with Mr. Mayock, Mr. Gruden and around some great players. It’s a great opportunity and I’m ready to just get to work and serve some fresh air and some new energy around here and hopefully it develops some great attributes.”