Patriots’ Bernard Reedy will return to $11 an hour job after the Super Bowl

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Patriots backup wide receiver Bernard Reedy said before this season that he’ll never quit his $11 an hour job driving a van for people with disabilities, and he’s standing by that.

Reedy confirmed to ESPN this week that after the Super Bowl, he’ll be back in Florida working for Care Ride, the company that pays him $11 an hour to help people with disabilities get around.

“As soon as our offseason officially starts,” Reedy said, “I’ll be back at Care Ride when I’m able to. The work don’t stop. Everybody still needs help.”

Reedy has had an NFL career that’s seen him released and re-signed multiple times, so it’s been good for him to know he has another job. And he says even if he sticks around long enough in the NFL to become financially set for life, he’d keep doing it because he sees it as a service.

“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.”

Reedy has not played much for the Patriots since they picked him up after the Buccaneers cut him this season. But just by being on the team, he will make $112,000 if the Patriots win — more than 10,000 hours worth of work at $11 an hour.

60 responses to “Patriots’ Bernard Reedy will return to $11 an hour job after the Super Bowl

  1. It’s heartening to hear stories like this one, and I hope Reedy gets over the hump and ends up making really good money playing football for a few years. Cheers to those who help others.

  2. This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game. Strange times we live in.

  3. Good on ya bro, good work. These are the stories fans like to hear… Knowing their money is going toward paying decent human beings like this dude. Well, me anyway.

  4. Smart kid. My hat is off to the people who raised you young man. Everything in life is judged in it’s comparative value.

  5. This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game. Strange times we live in.
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    Even crazier; he doesn’t have to play a single snap.

  6. I’d so much listen to more stories about this guy making $11 per hour helping people than another loser brag about how he got rich off of Bitcoin.

  7. pkrlvr says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

    This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game. Strange times we live in.
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    Economics doesn’t distinguish between what’s important and what’s trivial, it weighs only supply and demand.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game.

    Same with teachers. They get paid pittance compared to what they deal with in unruly kids and are performing a very valuable service to our country in educating the next generation. In any case, Bernard is a very good human being and has never forgotten his roots.

  9. Working with the disabled and/or elderly is humbling, frustrating, and builds character. One offseason with a job like this can change your perspective on life. If this guy has been doing it for years, there is no doubt in my mind he’s a better man for it. Good for him.

  10. Well done Bernard. Too bad more of these guys who play the game would never actually do work outside of the team mandated charity work or prop their name or face up to raise money.

  11. granadafan says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:57 am
    pkrlvr says:
    This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game.

    Same with teachers. They get paid pittance compared to what they deal with in unruly kids and are performing a very valuable service to our country in educating the next generation. In any case, Bernard is a very good human being and has never forgotten his roots.

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    half the teachers in this country are amazing great driven people. the other half are bums that arent worth the value of the paper their check is written on. the nea is the most corrupt union in the nation.

  12. I fully support Reedy, sounds like a very thoughtful individual.

    However, if he were lucky enough to get a multi-million contract, the same people who are praising him would suddenly believe that he’s a selfish overpaid ball player, even if he continued working for Care Ride. There has already been a comment about how the poor “cops and firefighters” (who voluntarily undertake those jobs) are underpaid. Of course, those critics don’t really care about cops or firefighters, and they would never approve of raising taxes to increase their pay. They just can’t get over their income level envy.

  13. granadafan says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Same with teachers. They get paid pittance compared to what they deal with in unruly kids and are performing a very valuable service to our country in educating the next generation. In any case, Bernard is a very good human being and has never forgotten his roots.
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    Considering their overly generous benefits and the product they have been putting out (students) those in the public system are OVER-paid from taxpayer money for working 10 months a year. #HardTruth

  14. I thought it would say $11/hr was one of Belichick’s typical contract offers for next season, LOL…
    But yeah, this guy sounds great, glad for him that he’s on a Super Bowl team. Must have some talent if Belichick brings you in, given all the talent he already has.

  15. Great story! Tells a lot of about the young man! He never forgot where he has come from. Wishing him all the best! SKOL!

  16. He has an abundance of CHARACTER.
    That is one of the prime ingredients the Patriots look for when filling their roster.
    He knows its a NotForLong league to play pro football, so he keeps his head on straight.
    There is no doubt that he will be a great husband to his wife and a great dad to his kids as well as being a great American for our country.

  17. That’s a great story…..

    But I had to look him up….

    Have know idea what he will be doing in the super bowl?

    Too small for special Teams.

    Too much of an unknown for Punk or Kick Returns.

    Too many people ahead of him on depth chart.

  18. half the teachers in this country are amazing great driven people. the other half are bums that arent worth the value of the paper their check is written on.
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    We have more of a bad parenting epidemic in this country than any other issue. We have a generation of teens and 20 somethings that don’t even respect their own parents let alone anything else. That falls back onto the parents (MY GENERATION) We needed to get our act together a long time ago. Instead we blame everything EXCEPT ourselves.

  19. Considering their overly generous benefits and the product they have been putting out (students) those in the public system are OVER-paid from taxpayer money for working 10 months a year
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    Chicken and egg. Is the product poor because the low wages draw a less than ideal applicant?

  20. I blame the parents,

    Thank you parents. Well done. Perhaps there are a couple of players who won’t get off the couch for less than $60m, then there’s this guy.

    Bravo young man. They raised you right and you’ve done them proud.

  21. Bernard, those people you transport love you, you know. I imagine their joy when they see you. Good on ya lad!

  22. granadafan says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    pkrlvr says:
    This kind of highlights how crazy this world is where a guy makes $11 for such important work….where cops and firefighters make $40k a year, yet you can make $112k in three hours participating in an (ultimately) meaningless game.

    Same with teachers. They get paid pittance compared to what they deal with in unruly kids and are performing a very valuable service to our country in educating the next generation. In any case, Bernard is a very good human being and has never forgotten his roots.
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    And then imagine a world where the NFL rakes in billions of dollars but only pays their players $30k, just to be fair to teachers and firefighters. …Come on, be realistic. I am tired of this debate. Take it somewhere else. You make the money, then you can spend the money (on salaries, in this case). That’s how it usually works.

  23. As a Pats fan, he’s one of the players I’ll be happiest for if the Pats can win #6. All around good guy, who deserves to show off a Super Bowl ring to the disabled people he helps.

  24. How can anyone leave a thumbs down this comment? “It’s heartening to hear stories like this one, and I hope Reedy gets over the hump and ends up making really good money playing football for a few years. Cheers to those who help others.”

  25. Some folk serve their country. Some kneel. This man is doing the greater service to our country. Its guys like him that make this the best country in the world, EVER.

  26. thejetssuck2001 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 11:10 am

    half the teachers in this country are amazing great driven people. the other half are bums…BLAH BLAH BLAH

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    Firstly, good on the young man for having his head in the right place, and good luck to him.

    Secondly, the percentage of good teachers to bad is more like 90% good to 10% bad. I work in IT for a school district, I’m not in a Union, and the percentages I quote are based on personal interactions and observations of the teachers in the district as they instruct. They are amazing people and hard workers and they do a job that I bet you couldn’t last two days at.

  27. “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.”

    Belichick: More serious than football? You’re gone.

  28. It is great to help people directly, but like on an airplane when the masks drop down, it is important to take care of yourself first and then others. If you don’t, you risk letting everyone down. Working for $11/hour in the long term will not help others as much as finding a better paying job and helping others as you can.

  29. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but where I live police and firefighters are very well paid. The business I am in exposes me to their incomes. They generally live in the nicer areas in town. Their benefits are over-the-top. They can generally retire early. They usually have an assortment of toys, trucks, trailers, boats, Etc. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying they are not as hard up financially as often depicted. However I don’t know what it’s like in some other parts of the country. This isn’t a complaint, it’s just an observation that the reality, sometimes conflicts with what is depicted, at least around here. Our men and women in police and fire service here are taken care of.

  30. Knew about this when he was here in Tampa and thought this was underreported. Glad he is on the Pats now so more people know how much of a great man this is. Glad to see “Speedy Reedy” in the Superbowl

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