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.

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