Everyone knows the tale of the single parent in a rough neighborhood working multiple jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. How about the one where the superstar professional athlete picks up a second job for extra scratch–ever heard that story? As strange as it may seem, it’s something that’s happened more than a couple times.
The example making headlines most recently is the curious case of Miami Dolphins DT A.J. Francis. The former Maryland Terrapin is entering his third season in the NFL, but can currently be found on the streets Miami-Dade County, transporting people from place to place as an Uber driver.
Francis is not alone in his dual-employment. Several athletes, including Hall of Fame-caliber players, have cashed paychecks from unconventional sources.
The following are five of the craziest examples–
5.) Rajon Rondo: Math Teacher for a Day
Teaching freshman algebra with Ms. Oshodi at Burke high school this AM. Thx for having me pic.twitter.com/vNbD0Z3X
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) November 6, 2012
As a member of the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo was a statistical marvel, racking up assists and steals at a breakneck pace. Given his statistical acumen, it should come as no surprise that the lengthy guard once subbed as a math teacher at Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, Mass.
Given his rad math skills, one can’t help but wonder why Rondo morphed into one of the least efficient players in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks last season. Basic math will tell you that getting to the free throw line is the best way to score points in pro hoops. Time to put some work in at the charity stripe, my man!
4.) Delonte West: Ashley Furniture Worker
Lmfao this is Delonte West's application for Ashley Furniture during the NBA Lockout pic.twitter.com/pKNqRbmIQv
— Gettin Buckets (@GettinBuckets91) September 20, 2013
The 2011 NBA Lockout was a tough time for owners, players and fans alike. With the season in jeaopardy, the ginger ninja Delonte West decided he better have a back-up plan, just in case the labor negotiations between the players union and the league went awry.
Enter Ashley/Regency Furniture Showrooms.
According to a tweet from West, the guard applied with the furniture company because he needed “a 2nd job to stay afloat during the lockout.” Way to be, Delonte.
3.) A.J. Francis: Uber Driver
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) June 9, 2015
The aforementioned Mr. Francis is set to earn $510,000 from the Dolphins this season, but without the guarantee of a roster spot the six-foot-five, 330-pound lineman decided he needed to find another source of income. According to the Associated Press, Francis now makes $40-$50 per hour shuttling passengers about via the popular ridesharing app.
“Just like I’m a world-class athlete, I’m a world-class driver,” he told the AP. “If I wasn’t 330, Tony Stewart should watch out.”
2.) Roger Federer: Reluctant Chauffer
Roger Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time. He has 1,000 career wins to his name, 85 titles and more major championships than you can shake a stick at. But what did the icon of his sport do in 2001 when he was sidelined by a hip injury and shin splints?
Become the chauffer/man servant of friend and fellow tennis player Michael Lammer, naturally.
At the time, Lammer was recovering from a torn ligament and was on crutches. Federer took it upon himself to become something of a personal taxi driver for his friend, picking him up at the train station, as well as taking him to school and physical therapy.
1.) Adrian Dantley: School Crossing Guard
Adrian Dantley is a crossing guard. Not because he's broke, but he's too cheap to pay for health care. http://t.co/0sjuYoPG7E
— Tobin Harshaw (@tobinharshaw) May 16, 2014
Adrian Dantley was one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. He currently ranks 27th on the league’s all-time leading scorers list, was a six-time All-Star as a member of the Utah Jazz and was eventually inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Most recently, he served as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets when George Karl was battling throat cancer.
Some disconcerting statistics from Dantley’s roadside experience: “I’ve definitely saved two lives. I’ve almost gotten hit by a car twice. And I would say 70 percent of the people who go across my route are on their telephone or on their BlackBerry, text-messaging. I never would have seen that if I had not been on the post.”
Come on, people!