The Heart Melting Reason This Super Bowl Player Can’t Wait To Get Back To His $11/hr Job
NFL Wide Receiver Bernard Reedy wears #17 when he plays for the New England Patriots, but 11 is his magic number when he’s not on the football field.
As in $11 an hour.
That’s how much Reedy makes when he works his off-season job as a driver providing transportation to people confined to wheelchairs.
He’s been doing it for the last few years as he bounces from team to team.
You’d think now that he’s made it to the Super Bowl, he’d leave that low paying job behind.
Just means you don’t know Reedy.
ESPN reports after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, Reedy got a job as a driver with Care Ride, providing transportation to people battling terminal illnesses and recovering from strokes, heart attacks, organ transplants, amputations and serious accidents. With his NFL dream on pause, he needed a steady stream of income.
This temporary job has become so much more than that.
Go along for a ride with one fantastic young man.
Reedy certainly has had his challenges as he tries to make it in the NFL.
This job, though, has really put things in perspective.
He told ESPN, “I used to think about a lot of the people I would pick up and the situations that they [were] in and the stories I heard. Some of the stories, the normal average person wouldn’t believe, but that stuff’s true,” Reedy said. “It’s just ironic that I’ve had a job like that in the situation that I was in. To be around positivity and listen to people go through what I went through — I went through it sportswise and they went through it in life. It was tough to want to play and to want to be on somebody’s team and [I] just [didn’t] get the break yet, but I also thought, ‘What about the people on life support? What about the people who can’t walk that want to walk again?’ That stuff’s way more serious than running around and playing football.”
Talk about a guy who gets it.
Talk about a guy worth rooting for both on the field and off.
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