If You're Lucky Your Miami Uber Will Come with a Complimentary Dolphins Player
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We could all use a little supplemental income, even professional athletes paid handsomely to bash beasts on an NFL gridiron.
Like a slower, less intense, real-life game of “Crazy Taxi,” Miami Dolphins defensive lineman A.J. Francis is trying his hand at Uber driving.
The Orlando Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly reports those needing a ride in and around Miami might just get a lift from a professional athlete looking to get a little extra cash.
As the report states, Francis stands a whopping 6’5” and weighs 330 pounds, so you can’t miss him.
Because it isn’t every day that an NFL player plays taxi driver, the coverage has been stupendous for the service as Francis eagerly jumped at the chance to become a driver:
The story starts with a simple tweet Francis sent out to his followers:
Just applied to be an @Uber driver... I hope my background check goes well.— A.J. Francis (@AJFrancis410) April 23, 2015
The obvious questions began to arise:
People ask me why would you want to be an @uber driver if you play in the NFL... You know what's better than NFL money? More money.— A.J. Francis (@AJFrancis410) April 23, 2015
Francis would then get accepted by Uber, which came during a media mania over the story. There was even this hilarious line from Jimmy Fallon, which Francis had no problem retweeting:
By now some of you have questions, namely why someone making millions would bother taking on a second job.
The Sun-Sentinel’s Kelly explains, “Between offseason workouts with the team, during which he's earning about $1,000 per week, Francis has found a way to help pay for his March wedding and the cost of finishing his masters degree in international security at the University of Maryland.”
As Kelly further notes, Francis and the rest of the Dolphins are just barely getting back to work, so there have been no paychecks for the past few months.
Now that doesn’t mean Francis is exactly hurting, but he is far from that star player who commands millions of dollars a year.
Initially signed on a three-year deal worth $1,492,500, Spotrac states Francis is currently working on a one-year deal worth $510,000 for 2015.
But, as Francis tells the Sun-Sentinel, it’s not all about money, because he is attempting to refrain from leaving practice and “going home to play video games, watch television and eat junk food.”
The report also quotes Francis who explains further: “I don't know where everyone gets this idea [I'm rich]. I have bills just like you. I had to pay for a wedding. I had to help my family out. I had to pay for student loans for myself and my wife. Not to mention you put all your money into a 401K and things people my age usually don't do. Eventually, if you've done the right things with investments, you want to make more money.”
So it’s much ado about supplementing a healthy income and staying busy during the doldrums of the offseason.
It’s also a fantastic opportunity to snag a ride from a professional athlete if you are traveling around the Miami area.
Perhaps you can pick his brain on what it’s like to live the lavish lifestyle in the NFL, which apparently now includes driving you to various landmarks.
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