NFL Player working for Minimum Wage during Offseason

terrance-ganawayAfter earning the rookie minimum of $390,000 last NFL season, Terrance Ganaway probably isn’t hurting for money. However, the current St. Louis Rams running back recently took a very interesting offseason job at Jimmy Johns, which makes sub sandwiches “Freaky fast! Freaky good.”

Ganaway’s new line of employment began when he sent out a lighthearted tweet asking if anybody in the Waco, Texas area was hiring. A short while later, somebody from Jimmy Johns tweeted that the chain sub restaurant was looking for new employees. So Ganaway took them up on the offer and has been working there 12 hours a week. He discussed his new job by telling the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the following:

I’m on the line that makes the sandwiches. I bake bread. Take the cashier spot. I had to sweep the other day. Clean the tables. I mean, all types of stuff. Slice the meat. Wrap the meat.

terrance-ganaway-1My No. 1 job is being an NFL player. So don’t get it confused as to me working at Jimmy John’s has me lazy. … I know what I have to do. I know how to get in shape and I know what it takes to perform at a high level. Really, Jimmy John’s is just to keep me out of trouble in all the down time we have in the offseason.

As alluded to in Ganaway’s comments to the Post-Dispatch, the primary reason for working at Jimmy Johns is to keep himself busy and out of trouble during the NFL offeason. And he gave some additional reasons why working at the sub shop is a good idea as he tweeted:

– Ok everyone wants to know why I am working at Jimmy John’s….well I am going to answer that.

– 3 reasons: 1. I have too much free time. 2. Tell my kids I worked two jobs to put them through school. 3. Cause the pay is really good.

terrance-ganaway-2The last reason is obviously a joke – especially since Ganaway is set to earn $480,000 next season with the Rams. However, he’ll have to make the team first because, unfortunately, NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed.

After rushing for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year at Baylor, Ganaway was drafted in the sixth round (202nd overall) by the New York Jets. The Texas native’s combine speed (4.67 forty-yard dash) wasn’t overly impressive; however, the Jets did like his size (6’0, 240 pounds) and strength.

However, Terrance was waived right before the season began and remained on waivers until September 1st, 2012 – when the Rams claimed him. After appearing in St. Louis’ final three games as a special teams player, Ganaway will be hoping to increase his role in 2013.

Plenty of Deals made at the NBA Trade Deadline

josh-smithGoing into the February 21st NBA trade deadline, the big question was whether the Atlanta Hawks would trade Josh Smith. The star forward, who averages 17.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 2.1 BPG, certainly drew plenty of interest; but he ultimately ended up staying put.

With the Smith trade rumors now squashed, it was a relatively quiet NBA trade deadline. However, there were some teams that made moves in an effort to either upgrade their club or dump salaries. That said, let’s take a quick look at some notable trades that happened yesterday.

Sacramento Kings deal No. 5 Pick Thomas Robinson to Houston Rockets

In perhaps what is the biggest trade deadline move, the Sacramento Kings sent fifth overall pick F Thomas Robinson, F Tyler Honeycutt and F/G Francisco Garcia to Houston for G/F Patrick Patterson, F Cole Aldrich and G Toney Douglas. The rookie Robinson (4.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG) hasn’t done a whole lot thus far, but he should get more chances in Houston’s high-powered offense. As for Sacramento, they’re getting a solid contributor right away in Patterson (11.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG), who shoots 51.9% from the floor.

jordan-crawfordWashington Wizards send Gunner Jordan Crawford to Boston Celtics

With their season going nowhere, the Wizards made a move to improve team chemistry by dealing unhappy G Jordan Crawford to the Celtics in exchange for G Leandro Barbosa and C Jason Collins. Crawford is averaging 13.2 PPG and 3.7 APG this season, but wasn’t happy playing second fiddle to John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt. He’ll get plenty of shots with the playoff-hopeful Celtics, who were desperate to fill the backcourt void left by an injured Barbosa and Rajon Rondo.

Orlando Magic send J.J. Redick to Milwaukee Bucks

The Magic are clearly in rebuilding mode and sent sharpshooting G J.J. Redick, C Gustavo Ayon and G Ish Smith to the Bucks in return for F Tobias Harris and G Doron Lamb. Redick (15.1 PPG, 4.4 APG) spent his first six and a half seasons with the Magic. However, his 3-year, $19 million contract is up after this season, and it appears that Orlando had no intention of paying even more money to re-sign him.

New York Knicks deal Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City Thunder

New York sent swingman Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder for a 2014 second round pick and cash considerations. Brewer (3.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG) actually started for the Knicks to open the season and helped them get off to a strong start. However, the Arkansas product quickly fell out of the starting lineup, and eventually out of the rotation altogether. New York plans to replace his roster spot with Kenyon Martin, who’s back from an injury.

sebastian-telfairPhoenix Suns send Sebastian Telfair to Toronto Raptors

Journeyman point guard Sebastian Telfair will be playing for his eighth team in nine seasons after being sent to the Raptors for C Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second round pick. Telfair (7.5 PPG, 3.5 APG) had seen his minutes decline rapidly under new Phoenix coach Lindsey Hunter. But he should definitely get more playing time in Toronto after the Jose Calderon trade to Detroit.

Atlanta Hawks trade Anthony Morrow to Dallas Mavericks

As mentioned before, the Hawks didn’t pull off any big deal involving Josh Smith. However, they did trade G Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for G Dahntay Jones. Morrow (5.2 PPG) is an excellent shooter from 3-point range (39.5%), but has struggled with injuries this year. Jones (3.5 PPG) is a strong perimeter defender who should provide some quality minutes off the bench for Atlanta.