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Bucs’ Bernard Reedy says he’ll never quit his $11 an hour side job

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Buccaneers receiver Bernard Reedy hasn’t made much money in the NFL. He’s never played in a regular-season game, and his two weeks on the 53-man roster at the end of last season were his only two weeks even being on an NFL roster. But that’s OK, because he has another job.

Reedy also has an $11 an hour job driving a van for a company that gives rides to people in wheelchairs. He told ESPN that he finds that job rewarding enough that he plans to keep doing it in the offseasons even if he one day lands himself a big-time NFL contract.

“All my other teammates that I know that I personally talk to, they all caked up — they all got money, a whole lot of money,” Reedy said. “When I get to that tax bracket with them, I’m going to continue to work here during the offseason. . . . You always want to be grateful.”

Reedy played his college football at Toledo, signed as an undrafted rookie with the Falcons in 2015, got cut at the end of the preseason and then moved back in with his parents. That’s when he took the driving job, which he liked at first because the hours were conducive to his workout schedule as he continued to try to get back in the NFL. He now says the job is rewarding enough that he’ll do it even when, he hopes, his NFL career has reached the point where he doesn’t need another job.

“A lot of people . . . you may think you’re sacrificing a lot until you hear somebody else’s story,” Reedy said. “And when you pick up the same people every week, you get attached to them.”

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49 Responses to “Bucs’ Bernard Reedy says he’ll never quit his $11 an hour side job”
  1. greg3117 says: May 19, 2017 3:55 PM

    Good story, way to stay humble!

  2. littleblackdesksociety says: May 19, 2017 3:58 PM

    Love hearing positive stories like this!

  3. exinsidetrader says: May 19, 2017 3:59 PM

    Sounds like a good guy. Hope he sticks in the NFL.

  4. lizardlickk says: May 19, 2017 3:59 PM

    Awesome story. Need more people like him.

  5. dioxinblues says: May 19, 2017 4:06 PM

    “Caked up”. I’m going to use this.

  6. jbarr1 says: May 19, 2017 4:10 PM

    Great story! So refreshing to hear something like this. Hope some of the clueless knuckleheads rest this. Or better yet, have someone read it to them.

    Best of luck young man! You have a new fan in me!

  7. nyneal says: May 19, 2017 4:11 PM

    That’s awesome! As the father of a C-6 incomplete quadriplegic, I understand how grateful the people he helps must feel.

  8. derekgorgonstar says: May 19, 2017 4:13 PM

    This guys is worth a million times more than Joe Mixon or Kaepernick as a person.

  9. maiphatdong says: May 19, 2017 4:16 PM

    awesome human

  10. dawoger says: May 19, 2017 4:16 PM

    May the Lord richly bless Bernard Reedy!

  11. tommyribs says: May 19, 2017 4:17 PM

    What a great guy, I am rooting for him.

  12. vicksdawgpound says: May 19, 2017 4:27 PM

    Glad to see that there are still some good people left in the NFL and not all of them are greedy felons

  13. redsoxu571 says: May 19, 2017 4:32 PM

    Did one sad person go comment by comment here giving a thumbs down? Even with nice stories such as this one there are always some trolls, it seems.

  14. chinahand11 says: May 19, 2017 4:33 PM

    HOF human being.

  15. sdelmonte says: May 19, 2017 4:38 PM

    We need to remember that for every reprobate in an NFL uniform, there are still plenty of people like Reedy.

  16. jimjets says: May 19, 2017 4:46 PM

    that is a good young man – hope he makes it big in the league.

  17. peebag says: May 19, 2017 4:51 PM

    why is anyone neg repping all the positive comments for this young man?
    Are you just mad at the world or sick human beings?

  18. patrick33706 says: May 19, 2017 4:54 PM

    After that story how does anyone give a thumbs down for any of the comments. There are some sad individuals out there!

  19. waynefontesismyfather says: May 19, 2017 5:12 PM

    Great story! Second former Toledo Rocket in the news this week doing something good. Andrew Hawkins getting his Master’s Degree from Columbia as well.

    Great job guys with stories like these and not, you know, that QB that can’t get a job stories!


  20. snakecage says: May 19, 2017 5:19 PM

    redsoxu571 says:
    May 19, 2017 4:32 PM
    Did one sad person go comment by comment here giving a thumbs down? Even with nice stories such as this one there are always some trolls, it seems.

    Pethaps just fat fingering on a cell phone. I’ve accidentally hit the wrong button before.

  21. mnrasslinggovjesse says: May 19, 2017 5:25 PM

    Has his head on straight; good for him.
    Everyone ought to do some charity work. It really opens up your mind and world.

  22. burghfanincincy says: May 19, 2017 5:31 PM

    I hope he finally gets to live the dream, even if it’s only for a season or even a game. It would be even better if he winds up with a team with a history/reputation for supporting/signing/drafting knuckleheads, like Cincinnati or Dallas.

    And even if he never plays in the league, he’ll still be a cool guy.

  23. ctbarryjr says: May 19, 2017 5:33 PM

    Somebody sign him. Even if its the practice squad.

  24. logicalvoicesays says: May 19, 2017 5:35 PM

    Superb lie.

  25. kemp13 says: May 19, 2017 5:36 PM

    More like him, please.

  26. gobuxfla says: May 19, 2017 5:58 PM

    First Evans’ story now this one. Thank you PFT for not focusing on the negative stories around our Bucs. We have some good guys on our team and hopefully they get more publicity this season.

  27. nyneal says: May 19, 2017 6:08 PM

    redsoxu571 says:
    May 19, 2017 4:32 PM
    Did one sad person go comment by comment here giving a thumbs down? Even with nice stories such as this one there are always some trolls, it seems.


    There are some miserable people in this world. They would boo a baby taking his first steps.
    Fortunately, the great majority of people recognize that there are nice people in this world who enjoy doing nice things, such as this young man.
    To those of you who are giving thumbs down to people praising Bernard Reedy, you need serious couch time. I mean, really. Make an appointment and get it all out so someone can figure out what is wrong with you before it’s too late.

  28. briang123 says: May 19, 2017 6:12 PM

    He’s not kidding. It works both ways. I got to know every person who played a part in caring for me during cancer 6 years ago

  29. realfootballfan says: May 19, 2017 6:16 PM

    Did something like this when I was in college picking up disabled people from the senior center in town, and he’s right, you get a bond with them when you’re helping the same people week after week.

  30. 1phillyphan says: May 19, 2017 6:43 PM

    I’m a fan now…hope he makes the roster and others follow his path

  31. iamthefootballjerk says: May 19, 2017 7:19 PM

    PFT puts the thumbs up and thumbs down waaay to close for mobile users. I bet if the put them further away from each other, you would see far fewer thumbs down on articles like this. I bet its 50 / 50, errors v. trolls.

  32. saltineamerican says: May 19, 2017 7:39 PM

    Classy dude.

  33. qbarrel says: May 19, 2017 8:40 PM

    If you are listening NFL, more guys like this please.

  34. eddiea25 says: May 19, 2017 8:53 PM

    Stories like this never get enough national publicity.Refreshing, sounds like a great person.

  35. knew8411 says: May 19, 2017 9:42 PM

    Awesome young man here….NFL needs more like him.

  36. aliveguy24 says: May 19, 2017 10:07 PM

    Wish there were more like you sir! Wish you the best!

  37. sminco123 says: May 19, 2017 10:14 PM

    Where can I buy his jersey?

  38. mtsquad says: May 19, 2017 10:26 PM

    Being in a wheelchair for the past 23 years independent on my CNA’s gives me a different perspective. You’re okay with me man! Stay safe and have a good year!

  39. Bloodfart says: May 19, 2017 10:41 PM

    mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    May 19, 2017 5:25 PM
    Everyone ought to do some charity work.
    I do, ALL the money i make from jan 1 to may 3rd I think it is get’s donated to the government.

  40. campcouch says: May 19, 2017 11:05 PM

    The NFL needs to just hand out a game check to guys like this.

  41. evermoresg says: May 19, 2017 11:10 PM

    The only people giving a thumbs down are trolls, racists, and just plain old inhuman scum.

    Mr. Reedy is a selfless, truly good man and working to help out those people that are in most need, doing God’s work.

  42. pv1960 says: May 20, 2017 1:02 AM

    What a great person! Good luck in the NFL!

  43. poison66 says: May 20, 2017 4:03 AM

    God bless this man, so good to hear something good from a NFL player. So tired of criminal activities.

  44. atwaterslaughter says: May 20, 2017 8:31 AM

    Class act

  45. jamaltimore says: May 20, 2017 9:38 AM

    Great Story and person. Good luck young man!

  46. defscottyb says: May 20, 2017 11:04 AM

    Great story!

  47. youradarnfoo says: May 20, 2017 11:07 AM

    He’s a bum!! Just kidding what a good kid.

  48. deenchaz says: May 20, 2017 11:12 AM

    Giving back is rewarding for both sides
    IF you don’t have the time, you should make some.
    It brings happiness , which everyone needs in their lives.

  49. timmmah10 says: May 22, 2017 12:08 PM

    Great story, Great kid.

    One tangent that is far outweighed by what the kid has committed to do: Kind of feel like some players would take offense to the “Caked up” comment… as he’s basically saying they don’t give back in a round about way…

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