NFL player makes $11 an hour driving people in wheelchairs

NFL player makes $11 an hour driving people in wheelchairs

NFL player's $11-per-hour side job driving people in wheelchairs

It’s not unusual for many of us to take on a second job, but no one expects an NFL player to work in the offseason.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy keeps busy during the offseason with a very inspiring side job.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine reports that Reedy, who hasn’t played a regular season NFL game yet, takes time during the offseason to work with Care Ride, a company like Uber but with unique passengers.

Care Ride supports those in wheelchairs or who require ambulatory support. Reedy obtained a special license for the job, which requires operating lifts in the vans. He makes $11 an hour.

Reedy joined Care Ride in 2015 after he was waived by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Laine. He worked five days a week for eight hours a day.

He signed with the Buccaneers in 2016, but a torn meniscus in the preseason caused him to get waived again. After healing, he re-resigned with the Bucs practice team and made $85, 879 for two games, Laine reports.

Over two years, Reedy earned $173,840 according to Spotrac. He told Laine he continues to work with Care Ride so he doesn’t dip into his savings. He realizes he’s not in the same tax bracket as many of his peers, but feels his work is rewarding.

“All my other teammates that I know that I personally talk to… they all got money, a whole lot of money. When I get to that tax bracket with them, I’m going to continue to work here during the offseason,” Reedy said. “You always want to be grateful.”

He said he got a second job so he could continue to support himself, saying “You want to always have something you fall back on.”

During the past offseason, Reedy drove three days a week and during OTAs he works one day a week. Thankfully, Care Ride understands his busy schedule.

The 25-year-old has a base salary of $465,000 this season, and said that while he’s financially stable he wants to continue helping others after football.

“Why sit home when you can come out and make you some more money and help people on top of that?”

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