Without doubt, one of the biggest moves in the Bay Area and across the NFL this offseason was the trade of star wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. With Brown joining the Silver and Black, renewed optimism has surrounded the team.
Recently more controversy than optimism has been attached to Brown and the Raiders. With rumors of his retirement due to helmet issues as well as a bizarre foot injury, this training camp has been confusing, to say the least.
Despite that, Brown has still made efforts to become a part of the Bay Area community. Via John Middlekauff of The Athletic, Brown made his way to a local football game Friday evening:
AB always ready for the camera pic.twitter.com/7eTfWKXuKU
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) August 24, 2019
Brown visited De La Salle High School to watch their first matchup of the season. He stated that he was excited to watch kids and even did some scouting.
Additionally, Brown discussed his excitement to get on the field with the Raiders. Recently, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told media that Brown needs to be ‘all in or all out’, and he appears to have accepted the challenge. The star wide receiver told ESPN during the high school football game that he is excited to “show his commitment” to the Raiders.
Support and relationships appear to be very important for Brown. He had a very rough and public falling out with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger but has appeared to make better connections in Oakland. Although the two have had limited practice time, he and Derek Carr have reportedly gotten along very well.
Although he did not show support either way, De La Salle’s opponent was St. Thomas Aquinas High School, hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Brown’s home state. St. Thomas Aquinas ended up beating De La Salle, 24-14.
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