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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Steelers' Keisel makes grand camp entrance

By Jamison Hensley

Brett Keisel
Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel showed up to training camp Wednesday on a tractor.
When wide receiver Mike Wallace wants to report to Steelers training camp, maybe defensive end Brett Keisel could swing past and pick him up. And Keisel's ride could pick up Wallace, as in off the ground.

Keisel drove an orange Kubota front-loading tractor onto the St. Vincent College campus when he arrived to camp Wednesday.

A friend allowed him to use it, and Keisel drove it 20 miles while getting some strange looks from passing drivers.

Usually known for his beard, Keisel said the idea of arriving in a tractor came from his youth, when he worked on farms in Wyoming.

"I love driving these things because it reminds me of my childhood," Keisel told 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."