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.

Adrian Peterson eyes Rushing Record in Unfathomable Season

Almost one year ago today, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore several ligaments in his knee during a Week 16 game. The injury was so bad that many people questioned how effective he’d be coming into this season. The answer: he’s been the best running back in 2012…..and perhaps history, depending upon what happens over the next two weeks.

Earlier today, the man they call “All Day” obliterated the St. Louis Rams while dashing their playoff hopes in the process. He rushed for 212 yards on just 24 caries (8.8 YPC) and scored on an 82-yard touchdown run. Following this game, he’s now rushed for over 100 yards in the past eight games with six of these contests seeing AP go over 150 yards.

Thanks to his improbable streak against some of the league’s best defenses, Peterson is now eyeing one of the most coveted records in NFL history.

294 Yards to History

As of now, Adrian Peterson has powered his way to 1,812 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 289 carries. If the season stopped today, he’d have 433 yards more than the next closest running back in 2012, Marshawn Lynch. He’d also have the 19th best rushing season in NFL history. However, the season’s not over yet; in fact, there are still two games remaining.

Based on the pace that Peterson has been going at, he’s got a very realistic chance to beat Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. This total, which happened in 1984, has stood for 28 years. So can Peterson break it based on his remaining schedule?

Favorable Schedule

The past two weeks will see Minnesota play on the road against the Houston Texans and at home against the Green Bay Packers. On paper, the Texans aren’t exactly the most favorable team to play since they’re fifth in the league against the run and allow only 93.2 RYPG.

However, they’ve been lit up over the past two games after allowing 127 rushing yards to the New England Patriots and 124 rushing yards to the run-challenged Indianapolis Colts.

As for the Packers, they are a more favorable defense having allowed 114.3 RYPG this year. They’re fresh off giving up 212 yards to Peterson in Week 13, so we can reasonably expect some pretty outstanding results from All Day in the regular season’s final week.

What if the Record doesn’t fall?

While it’s no slam dunk for Adrian Peterson to reach 2,106 rushing yards this year, we think that he has a very good shot. But even if the 27-year-old doesn’t grab the single season record, he may have already completed the most impressive season among running backs in history.

As alluded to in the beginning, he’s coming off of reconstructive knee surgery, which should have made 2012 even tougher. Instead, Peterson is enjoying a career season and proving that he’s truly a freak of nature.

One more thing that we should mention involves what else is surrounding AP…..or at least the lack of what’s surrounding him. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder showed flashes of brilliance early on in the season, but has thrown for 200 yards just once in the past six games.

WR Percy Harvin was definitely a nice weapon for the Vikings early on after racking up 677 receiving yards on 62 catches midway through the season. However, he was forced out of action (ankle) in Week 10 and won’t play the rest of the year.

Taking all of this into account, opposing defenses know what’s coming when they face Minnesota – Adrian Peterson and a whole lot more Adrian Peterson. But they still haven’t been able to slow down him down. So with defenses throwing everything at him, and AP being less than a year removed from knee surgery, he’s already proven his place in history. The single season rushing record would just cementer this place even further.