If you haven’t heard of an NFL player named, be prepared to be amazed.
The 25-year-old wide receiver had been playing for the Atlanta Falcons, but is now looking to make a living playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…although that’s not all he’s planning.
He isn’t like most players in the NFL. Most players would be living it up and spending those high dollars that their skills have earned them – not Reedy. His plans consist of working, ‘outside’ the NFL in a way that gives back to the community.
During the off-season, Reed works for Care Ride from day to day, which sole purpose is to pick up clients in wheel chairs and act as their Uber or Lyft driver. Although it’s a bit different because the training that Reed had to do includes being CPR certified, as well as understanding how to operate wheelchair accessible vehicles and securing his clientele properly.
70-year-old Carlos Velez, a regular client of Reedy and a veteran who served in both Korea and Vietnam, had nothing but high praises for the potential NFL star – a little detail that Velez often forgets.
Reedy himself is one that has claimed that the most important aspect you always want to live by is, “You always want to be grateful.”
It still isn’t a free-ride shot for the Falcon’s player, who is currently without a team.
The Wildcard reported:
After signing as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta in 2014, Reedy spent the entire season on the Falcons’ practice squad, earning $108,600. In 2015, he only took part in OTAs and made $6,240, according to NFLPA records.
In addition to helping others during his shifts at Care Ride, Reedy finds the job also provides a stable pay check.
“The money in your savings is only going to last so long. I had to go out and get a job so I could continue to live. You want to always have something you fall back on. … You’ve got to go find a way to make some money.”
In February 2016, he signed a futures contract with the Buccaneers. During the preseason he suffered a torn meniscus and was waived. After a successful rehab, Reedy found his way back to the Bucs, but this time with the practice squad, where he would earn $85,879 for the season, according to NFLPA records.
“I’m financially stable enough now that I would be OK if I didn’t do this, but why sit home after you’re done working out, going over your plays and stuff?” he said. “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.”
Reedy is well aware that his struggles are no where near the struggles of his clients, and often reads Bible verses to keep things in perspective.
“You think you’re sacrificing a lot until you hear somebody else’s story, and when you pick up the same people every week, you get attached to them.”
This guy is a true champ, here’s to hoping for a long and prosperous career in the NFL…With Care Ride on the side!
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