CLEARWATER, FLA. - Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and former Toledo Rocket Bernard Reedy doesn't have to work a side job.
But he says he chooses to do so, because the NFL is full of uncertainties, meaning money comes and goes without warning -- and because he wants to help those who can't help themselves.
The Atlanta Falcons waived Reedy in 2015, so he moved to his hometown of St. Petersburg to save money. According to ESPN, Reedy earned $108,000 on the Falcons' practice squad in 2014. But the next year, he reportedly made $6,240.
While Reedy waited on a call for another opportunity in the NFL, he worked for a wheelchair and ambulatory transport company called Care Ride, earning $11 per hour.
Reedy signed a futures contract with the Buccaneers in 2016 to earn $85,879 according to ESPN, but that didn't stop him from continuing his other job.
Once a week, or sometimes every two weeks, Reedy still drives for Care Ride, who has been understanding and flexible to his NFL schedule, he told ESPN.
"I could still see me doing this [after football]," he told ESPN. "I'm financially stable enough now that I could be OK if I didn't do this, but why sit home after you're done working out, going over your plays and stuff? Why sit home when you can come out and make you some more money and help people on top of that? And I'm talking about really helping people, helping people who can't help themselves."
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