Over the years, we’ve all become accustomed to hearing NFL players say that they’re going to Disney World, after winning the Super Bowl.
However, not many of us have heard post-Super Bowl plans like Patriots wide receiver Bernard Reedy has.
After the Super Bowl, win or lose, Reedy plans on returning to his $11-an-hour job as a driver for people confined to wheelchairs.
Reedy told ESPN, “As soon as our offseason officially starts. I’ll be back at Care Ride when I’m able to. The work don’t stop. Everybody still needs help.”
After being cut by the Falcons, Reedy spent the 2015 season as a Care Ride driver. Providing transportation and, if necessary, First-Aid services for wheelchair-bound people in the Tampa Bay area.
However, despite roster cuts, injuries, and a myriad of other issues, Reedy, who makes $600,000 per year, has kept the Care Ride job throughout his career.
“I used to think about a lot of the people I would pick up and the situations that they [were] in and the stories I heard. Some of the stories, the normal average person wouldn’t believe, but that stuff’s true,” Reedy said. “It’s just ironic that I’ve had a job like that in the situation that I was in. To be around positivity and listen to people go through what I went through — I went through it sportswise and they went through it in life. It was tough to want to play and to want to be on somebody’s team and [I] just [didn’t] get the break yet, but I also thought, ‘What about the people on life support? What about the people who can’t walk that want to walk again?’ That stuff’s way more serious than running around and playing football.”
In fact, Reedy has even said that he might continue driving after his football career is over.
“I could still see me doing this [after football],” he said in May 2017. “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.”