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(MSN)   Apparently unable to live off $390,000 salary, NFL rookie Terrance Ganaway working at fast food joint to supplement income   (now.msn.com) divider line 64
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2013-02-24 09:19:10 PM  
fta:   I just wanted to stay fit, stay out of trouble ... try to save ... and not spend a lot of money," he said.

Awesome role model.
 
2013-02-24 09:28:05 PM  
As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by. And NOW the business where he's working is getting free publicity. Free and GOOD publicity, which is tough to come by.

I don't know...if this good publicity parlays into more sales and they have to hire more people, in addition to replacing Ganaway when he leaves for the NFL, I might be able to feel good about that. But it's not like he's "creating" new jobs...they're just jobs that some other restaurant had to cut when their sales dropped.

Final diagnosis...I admire the guy and what he's all about, I just wish he were a little more compassionate about people less fortunate than him.
 
2013-02-24 09:37:37 PM  
To be fair to him, he may in the long run want to open his own franchises down the road and realizes that learning the business firsthand will be a solid first step.  One of the Bills from the early 90's squad (maybe Darryl Talley?) worked at McDonald's in the off season because he planned to buy some franchises when he was done playing and wanted to know the business from the ground up.   Given how many restaurants fail, it's probably not a bad idea to have some idea of what you're getting into.
 
2013-02-24 09:45:48 PM  
I suspect that this individual will NOT be one of the vast majority of athletes that's broke 3 years out of their league.
 
2013-02-24 09:50:32 PM  

davidphogan: To be fair to him, he may in the long run want to open his own franchises down the road and realizes that learning the business firsthand will be a solid first step. One of the Bills from the early 90's squad (maybe Darryl Talley?) worked at McDonald's in the off season because he planned to buy some franchises when he was done playing and wanted to know the business from the ground up. Given how many restaurants fail, it's probably not a bad idea to have some idea of what you're getting into.


Absolutely.  Talley worked the fry basket for a while as I recall.  Hopefully this young man gets a good idea on how to run a successful enterprise and can hire  a number of other folks once his NFL career is done.  Not everybody can sell used cars like Elway.
 
2013-02-24 09:51:24 PM  
Because he knows that he can't play football forever and is getting some other skill? It's not a bad philosophy.
 
2013-02-24 09:53:51 PM  
Sounds like he's being smart. He's being a good example to his kids and trying to keep busy to stay out of trouble. And while you might question his choice of job, he might just enjoy it. When I look over the long list of jobs I've had, the best time I had was working the over at a Little Caesars.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:55 PM  
Smart move on his part. Earns some extra cash and stays out of trouble in the process.
 
2013-02-24 09:56:51 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Because he knows that he can't play football forever and is getting some other skill? It's not a bad philosophy.


and not something people under thirty or do typically grasp
 
2013-02-24 09:56:53 PM  

jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by. And NOW the business where he's working is getting free publicity. Free and GOOD publicity, which is tough to come by.

I don't know...if this good publicity parlays into more sales and they have to hire more people, in addition to replacing Ganaway when he leaves for the NFL, I might be able to feel good about that. But it's not like he's "creating" new jobs...they're just jobs that some other restaurant had to cut when their sales dropped.

Final diagnosis...I admire the guy and what he's all about, I just wish he were a little more compassionate about people less fortunate than him.


Having worked in food service for a while, the turnover is so high that someone who is willing to work that job will get hired right away and some slacker will see their hours cut.
 
2013-02-24 09:58:49 PM  

grinding_journalist: I suspect that this individual will NOT be one of the vast majority of athletes that's broke 3 years out of their league.




From Wiki: Ganaway's uncle is former NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. He is married to the former Jenny Barroso - a graduate student in chemistry whom he met at Baylor. They were married in April 2012.

Something tells me you're right about that. His uncle probably warned him about how quickly it'll be gone, and I'd guess his wife has a brain in her head. $390k sounds like a lot, but it's not all that much over the rest of his life after paying taxes, his agent, his accountant, etc. He was cut after training camp last year, who knows if he'll end up having another season? It's definitely a nice amount to have in a bank account for a 24 year old, but it's not enough to retire or go out and spend $1000/night on hookers and blow.
 
2013-02-24 09:59:14 PM  
Actually, sandwich maker at Jimmy Johns sounds like the right sort of side job for a running back. Know the play book, be quick about it. And from what I've seen it's a mentally healthy work environment so he's not carrying any baggage back to the training field, just a sack of sandwiches.

/Your manager's mentality may vary.
 
2013-02-24 10:10:29 PM  
The kid's uncle is Jeremiah Trotter, who hasn't played since 2009 but owns a number of moderately successful businesses so I'm sure the guy had a talk with his nephew about what things are like when your career is over.


/besides, he's a 6th round pick. He has a better than even chance of being out of the league without ever seeing a down of competitive football.
 
2013-02-24 10:22:24 PM  
I recall reading somewhere that in order to own a Jimmy John's they require you to work in a store for a certain amount of time prior to opening your own store.
 
2013-02-24 10:34:46 PM  
Go back to school.
 
2013-02-24 10:39:40 PM  

hulk hogan meat shoes: Go back to school.


Why? So he can get a good-paying job someday?
 
2013-02-24 10:45:58 PM  
CSB:
A major league pitcher used to live in my neighborhood and worked at the local liquor store during the off-season.

tl;dr:
Work.
 
2013-02-24 10:52:26 PM  

jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by. And NOW the business where he's working is getting free publicity. Free and GOOD publicity, which is tough to come by.

I don't know...if this good publicity parlays into more sales and they have to hire more people, in addition to replacing Ganaway when he leaves for the NFL, I might be able to feel good about that. But it's not like he's "creating" new jobs...they're just jobs that some other restaurant had to cut when their sales dropped.

Final diagnosis...I admire the guy and what he's all about, I just wish he were a little more compassionate about people less fortunate than him.


His handlers will turn him into a champion for Obamacare, a higher minimum wage, etc.  He'll do some good and do well from it.
 
2013-02-24 10:59:23 PM  

hulk hogan meat shoes: Go back to school.


http://brookavenue.wacoisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=18971&pageId=33 07 0

He's finished his Bachelor's and is working on his Master's right now.  So, yeah, why would you think he wasn't in school?
 
2013-02-24 11:21:45 PM  
Sounds like he's an attractive and successful African-American.
 
2013-02-24 11:26:51 PM  
My very stupid, uninformed question is - does he have health insurance in the off-season?  Maybe he doesn't want to take a chance being uninsured.
 
2013-02-24 11:36:40 PM  
The more accurate headline would be "Guy Not Good Enough to Make NFL Gets Job".

It's a bit of an exaggeration to act like this is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning flipping burgers. This is just a guy who probably can't make it in the NFL getting a job.
 
2013-02-24 11:46:42 PM  
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2013-02-24 11:55:09 PM  

ThePea: My very stupid, uninformed question is - does he have health insurance in the off-season?  Maybe he doesn't want to take a chance being uninsured.


He's working 12 hours a week for JJ's, I'm sure this isn't a factor

js34603: The more accurate headline would be "Guy Not Good Enough to Make NFL Gets Job".

It's a bit of an exaggeration to act like this is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning flipping burgers. This is just a guy who probably can't make it in the NFL getting a job.


Actually he has a decent chance to make the Rams roster this year, Jackson probably is gone and I don't see the Rams using one of their 2 first round picks on a back as at all likely. He could easily make the roster as a big short yard back
 
2013-02-25 12:06:07 AM  

ThePea: My very stupid, uninformed question is - does he have health insurance in the off-season?  Maybe he doesn't want to take a chance being uninsured.


As long as he has a contract, he has health insurance.  He doesn't get paid, though, during the off-season.  They get checks once a week during the regular season plus a small bonus payment for playoff games and a small payment for preseason and training camp.

If he doesn't make an opening day roster, he doesn't get his $390k.
 
2013-02-25 12:22:25 AM  
jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by.
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Any non-farked-up teenager can get a minimum wage job anywhere in a day.

This is one of the most retarded arguments I've ever heard on the internet. And I've heard some stupid ones.

The guy is doing something good in a lot of ways. Let him be.
 
2013-02-25 12:49:05 AM  

martissimo: ThePea: My very stupid, uninformed question is - does he have health insurance in the off-season?  Maybe he doesn't want to take a chance being uninsured.

He's working 12 hours a week for JJ's, I'm sure this isn't a factor

js34603: The more accurate headline would be "Guy Not Good Enough to Make NFL Gets Job".

It's a bit of an exaggeration to act like this is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning flipping burgers. This is just a guy who probably can't make it in the NFL getting a job.

Actually he has a decent chance to make the Rams roster this year, Jackson probably is gone and I don't see the Rams using one of their 2 first round picks on a back as at all likely. He could easily make the roster as a big short yard back


Running backs have a shorter shelf life than most NFL positions and the median career length for an NFL player is ~3 years or so. I will not begrudge this guy a JJ job when he's a borderline NFL player in a position with the highest turnover
 
2013-02-25 12:53:45 AM  

meanmutton: If he doesn't make an opening day roster, he doesn't get his $390k.


Even if he made the roster, who knows if he will play beyond a year.  I'd be a bit, well, disappointed if I made a grand total of $390k in my chosen field.

/Say I work in my field from age 25 to 64 - that's less than 10k a year
//So yeah, a back-up plan (and putting the big checks in uber-safe investments) would be wise
 
2013-02-25 12:55:29 AM  
For fark's sake, rather than get arrested like every Cincinnati Bengal ever, he's working and learning how the other half lives.  Good for him, and shame on you farkers who are criticizing him.
 
2013-02-25 01:15:58 AM  
The other benefit is that if he makes the team and has a good year he has an instant endorsement deal with Jimmy John's. A running back would be a pretty good advertiser for their "freaky fast" delivery.
 
2013-02-25 01:27:48 AM  

UNC_Samurai: the turnover is so high


Good jobs have low turnover rate. If your turnover rate is high, you're managing the company wrongly.
 
2013-02-25 03:15:03 AM  
If his turnover rate is high no wonder he is getting another job. Running backs who can't hold on to the ball don't have long careers.
 
2013-02-25 07:19:11 AM  

js34603: It's a bit of an exaggeration to act like this is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning flipping burgers. This is just a guy who probably can't make it in the NFL getting a job.


Isn't that what makes this awesome, though?  He's on a roster but instead of prematurely thinking "I've made it" he's thinking, "I haven't made it; I'd better stay out of trouble just in case."  He actually needs to keep one foot planted among the grassroots because he's not Tom Brady.

Man, I wish I was this mature at his age.  When I was just out of college I was still making up excuses.  Gimme $390k and I probably would've turned into a creepy recluse.
 
2013-02-25 07:47:30 AM  
With 78% of NFL players bankrupt within 2 years of retirement, I'm okay with this. When you plan for the unexpected (which is really the inevitable) then your odds of dealing with it are greatly increased.

A college friend of a cousin was a low round draft pick and managed to play in the NFL for several years. He saved practically all of his money by sharing an apartment with a couple of friends living off of the meal money allowance as much as possible. More than a few of his teammates who made fun of him for doing this were coming to him begging for help a few years later.
 
2013-02-25 08:45:55 AM  

doglover: UNC_Samurai: the turnover is so high

Good jobs have low turnover rate. If your turnover rate is high, you're managing the company wrongly.


This is chain food service we're talking about.  If you can manage a chain sandwich place so well that your turnover is too low to hire a competent person that walks in, you're either already marked for promotion to DM/RM by corporate, or you're the National Franchisee of the Year.
 
2013-02-25 09:09:00 AM  

ThePea: My very stupid, uninformed question is - does he have health insurance in the off-season?  Maybe he doesn't want to take a chance being uninsured.


lollolol you think Jimmy John's offers insurance to its employees.

Jimmy John's doesn't even want people who DON'T work for them to have insurance.
 
2013-02-25 09:34:54 AM  
When I got my first 'real job,' I was working at a supermarket at the customer service desk.  I could have quit that job, but instead went to part time and worked both.  Now the 'real job' paid vastly more than the supermarket job, so it wasn't at all about the extra income.  But at the time, I was saving for a home and paying off some debt.  It wasn't so much the money that I earned from the supermarket, it was that I didn't have any free time to spend the money I was earning.  Hence I saved and saved and saved.  I was able to keep that up for about a year before I burned out.
 
2013-02-25 09:36:24 AM  

wombatsrus: With 78% of NFL players bankrupt within 2 years of retirement, I'm okay with this. When you plan for the unexpected (which is really the inevitable) then your odds of dealing with it are greatly increased.

A college friend of a cousin was a low round draft pick and managed to play in the NFL for several years. He saved practically all of his money by sharing an apartment with a couple of friends living off of the meal money allowance as much as possible. More than a few of his teammates who made fun of him for doing this were coming to him begging for help a few years later.


It's amazing how that works.  A friend's cousin was a 5th round pick back in '06.  He played back up, mostly second half crap until 2011.  He pretty much made the league minimum to ride the bench.  He and his wife saved like crazy, she had a job, and they lived very modestly.  He said it was the best thing that happened to him.  He made his money, and came out of the NFL with plenty of cash and healthy knees, something most guys can't say.  I think he managed to get a Masters while he was at it.  He will laugh about some of the former big name people who will come to him for "loans" now that their playing days are done, who made a hell of a lot more in a season than he made in his whole career.
 
2013-02-25 10:09:18 AM  

devildog123: He will laugh about some of the former big name people who will come to him for "loans" now that their playing days are done, who made a hell of a lot more in a season than he made in his whole career.


He should tell them the parable of the ant and the grasshopper.
 
2013-02-25 10:26:42 AM  

H31N0US: devildog123: He will laugh about some of the former big name people who will come to him for "loans" now that their playing days are done, who made a hell of a lot more in a season than he made in his whole career.

He should tell them the parable of the ant and the grasshopper.


OOooo, I remember that one, "And the moral of this story is: FARK YOU I GOT MINE biatchESSSS!"
 
2013-02-25 10:35:50 AM  
This is just viral advertising, and he's being paid way more than min wage for it.
 
2013-02-25 10:55:38 AM  

jake3988: jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by.
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Any non-farked-up teenager can get a minimum wage job anywhere in a day.

This is one of the most retarded arguments I've ever heard on the internet. And I've heard some stupid ones.

The guy is doing something good in a lot of ways. Let him be.


You got to remember, the guy you're quoting there is a liberal and therefore lives in a fantasy world completely separate from reality.
 
2013-02-25 11:11:53 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: davidphogan: To be fair to him, he may in the long run want to open his own franchises down the road and realizes that learning the business firsthand will be a solid first step. One of the Bills from the early 90's squad (maybe Darryl Talley?) worked at McDonald's in the off season because he planned to buy some franchises when he was done playing and wanted to know the business from the ground up. Given how many restaurants fail, it's probably not a bad idea to have some idea of what you're getting into.

Absolutely.  Talley worked the fry basket for a while as I recall.  Hopefully this young man gets a good idea on how to run a successful enterprise and can hire  a number of other folks once his NFL career is done.  Not everybody can sell used cars like Elway.


Maybe he'll have a spot for Jamarcus Russell.
 
2013-02-25 11:46:49 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: fta:   I just wanted to stay fit, stay out of trouble ... try to save ... and not spend a lot of money," he said.

Awesome role model.


Yeah, not a lot to hate on for him here... I'm sure somebody will find a way though.

Ohhhh, look, the second post right here. That didn't take long. At all.
 
2013-02-25 12:08:43 PM  

jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by. And NOW the business where he's working is getting free publicity. Free and GOOD publicity, which is tough to come by.

I don't know...if this good publicity parlays into more sales and they have to hire more people, in addition to replacing Ganaway when he leaves for the NFL, I might be able to feel good about that. But it's not like he's "creating" new jobs...they're just jobs that some other restaurant had to cut when their sales dropped.

Final diagnosis...I admire the guy and what he's all about, I just wish he were a little more compassionate about people less fortunate than him.


At what income level is it morally unacceptable for someone to take a second job?  I make $75,000 a year, am I allowed to?  Take a week, think it over, and let the rest of us know.

You're a dick, by the way.
 
2013-02-25 01:23:27 PM  

wildcardjack: Actually, sandwich maker at Jimmy Johns sounds like the right sort of side job for a running back. Know the play book, be quick about it. And from what I've seen it's a mentally healthy work environment so he's not carrying any baggage back to the training field, just a sack of sandwiches.

/Your manager's mentality may vary.


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'Where's my sack of sandwiches?'
 
2013-02-25 01:23:29 PM  

jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one. Now he's going to go and take away a job from somebody who is struggling to get by. And NOW the business where he's working is getting free publicity. Free and GOOD publicity, which is tough to come by.

I don't know...if this good publicity parlays into more sales and they have to hire more people, in addition to replacing Ganaway when he leaves for the NFL, I might be able to feel good about that. But it's not like he's "creating" new jobs...they're just jobs that some other restaurant had to cut when their sales dropped.

Final diagnosis...I admire the guy and what he's all about, I just wish he were a little more compassionate about people less fortunate than him.


Just........ wow.
 
2013-02-25 01:48:54 PM  
:/ @ general studies degree not paying off
 
2013-02-25 01:52:51 PM  
I wonder if his college coach described him as so fast, you'll freak?
 
2013-02-25 02:36:19 PM  

jaylectricity: As much as I want to appreciate what he's doing, he has a job and a damn good one.


He has a nice job but a farking horrible career.  He's got like 10 years in the NFL tops with the chance of being fired at a moment's notice for many reasons.  He was already fired once.  Having a plan B isn't such a bad idea.
 
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