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Steelers arrive at St. Vincent in style

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Antonio Brown made the most-luxurious arrival at Steelers training camp, but James Harrison made the loudest.

It was quite the spectacle for both players — Harrison manned a St. Vincent Fire Department truck with the siren blaring, while Brown had a calmer entrance in a Rolls-Royce Phantom I driven by collector Jon Leimkuehler of the South Hills.

“This is my hobby, so I'm doing this for the fun of it. It's lots of fun,” said Leimkuehler, who owns about a dozen antique cars and chauffeured Brown to the first day of training camp at St. Vincent College in Unity.

Players reported Thursday afternoon to prepare for the 2017 season amid a throng of media jockeying for interviews and photographs. The first public practice will be at 2:55 p.m. Friday.

Several players spoke with reporters outside the dorms that will be home for the next few weeks.

“I'm always excited to be back here,” said center Maurkice Pouncey.

Ford F-150 and F-250 pickups appeared to be heavily favored by many of the players who parked near the dorm — including guard Ramon Foster and tight end Jesse James — and shuttled suitcases and bags inside. Wide receiver Sammie Coates used the loud horn on his matte black Ford Raptor pickup.

Many players brought pillows from home and other comforts, such as televisions and fans. And, of course, foam rollers to help with sore muscles.

But the biggest item came off of guard David DeCastro's truck — a recliner that he carried by himself into the dorm.

DeCastro said he had just moved and brought the piece of furniture in for “one last hurrah.”

Others prepared for meals.

Tight end David Johnson carried in a case of water and several bags from Whole Foods from his Dodge Charger. Safety Jordan Dangerfield and linebacker L.J. Fort carried in plastic grocery store bags, one of which contained Oreo cookies.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier arrived in an aqua-colored Porsche but was quickly overshadowed by Brown and Harrison, who said his ride was symbolic.

“We're ready to go in here as a team, as a unit, like firefighters do, and come together collectively and get the job done,” he told reporters.

Staff writer Chris Adamski contributed to this report. Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

Jon Leimkuehler of the South Hills helps Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown into Leimkuehler's antique Rolls-Royce Phantom I Thursday, July 27, 2017, outside training camp at St. Vincent College. Leimkuehler chauffered Brown to the start of camp.
Jon Leimkuehler of the South Hills helps Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown into Leimkuehler's antique Rolls-Royce Phantom I Thursday, July 27, 2017, outside training camp at St. Vincent College. Leimkuehler chauffered Brown to the start of camp.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown shows up for training camp in a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
James Harrison shows up for Steelers training camp in a St. Vincent fire truck Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
James Harrison shows up for Steelers training camp in a St. Vincent fire truck Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
James Harrison pulls up for Steelers training camp in a St. Vincent fire truck with sirens blaring and lights flashing Thursday, July 27, 2017.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
James Harrison pulls up for Steelers training camp in a St. Vincent fire truck with sirens blaring and lights flashing Thursday, July 27, 2017.
Steelers second round pick receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster arrives for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers second round pick receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster arrives for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers receiver Sammie Coates shows up at training camp wearing the same colors as his matte black Ford Raptor pickup Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver Sammie Coates shows up at training camp wearing the same colors as his matte black Ford Raptor pickup Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers linebacker Steven Johnson shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker Steven Johnson shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent.
Steelers cornerback Artie Burns shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers cornerback Artie Burns shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt brings cleaning supplies to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt brings cleaning supplies to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Steelers tight end Jesse James shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017 at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers tight end Jesse James shows up for training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017 at St. Vincent College.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier pulls up to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in a blue Porsche.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier pulls up to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in a blue Porsche.
Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro brings a well-worn easy chair to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro brings a well-worn easy chair to training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent College.
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