TEMPE, Ariz. — Who needs a car to get to training camp when you can fly?
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson arrived Thursday in Glendale, Arizona — where the Cardinals host training camp — in a new helicopter that is team-owned.
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“That was nice of [team president] Michael [Bidwill] to bring Pat in on his new helicopter,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.
It wasn’t the first time a football player showed up to camp in a helicopter. Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was the king of training camp entrances, showing up in a chopper in 2013. When Arians was the Colts’ offensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2012, Wayne was escorted to camp by the military.
“Reggie had a grand entrance every year,” Arians said.
While a dramatic entrance might suit Peterson, it doesn’t fit everybody on the Cardinals. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, who’s close friends with Peterson, said a chopper entrance is “not my style.”
“I’ll leave those types of things to Pat,” Mathieu said.
The Cardinals reported to camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday for their conditioning test. Their first practice will take place Friday.