When The Game Ends For This NFL Player, He Gets To Work Helping Others At His Second Job

Bernard Reedy is making a real difference.

Professional football players usually rake in massive checks to play the sport — but this particular NFL player has a side gig, too. Bernard Reedy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works for $11 an hour helping those with disabilities in the community get around town.

The 25-year-old drives a large white van for Care Ride — a Tampa-area service similar to Uber and Lyft — in the offseason. The company helps those who are disabled or in wheelchairs, and drivers must undergo first aid and CPR certification, as well as learn how to operate the lifts and secure patients in the vehicle.

Reedy has had a rocky experience in pro sports — having been up and down with the Buccaneers as well as the Atlanta Falcons previously. This roller coaster of a ride led to Reedy moving home to Florida — St. Petersburg, to be specific — and taking up a job that could help him get by.

"The money in your savings is only going to last so long. I had to go out and get a job so I could continue to live," Reedy told ESPN. "You want to always have something you fall back on. If you don't work, you don't have any more income, so it's just decreasing. You've gotta go find a way to make some money."

Care Ride has been working with Reedy's athletic schedule in the offseason and lets him focus on football entirely when the regular season kicks off. Vince Cocks, who has known Reedy since he was 16 and is his manager, said Reedy is one of the youngest people Care Ride has hired — but that doesn't mean it wasn't a great decision to hire him.

"He's very personable. We get calls from our clients just saying how good and polite and safe [he is]. And he takes the time with them," Cocks said. "We hope he does well over there [with the Bucs]. Naturally, we'd like to have him here, but we want him to play football."

While few of Reedy's teammates know about this side hustle, he says this is something he could do after the NFL, too.

"I could still see me doing this [after football]," Reedy added. "I'm financially stable enough now that I could be OK if I didn't do this, but why sit home after you're done working out, going over your plays and stuff? Why sit home when you can come out and make you some more money and help people on top of that? And I'm talking about really helping people, helping people who can't help themselves."

Check out the video of Reedy in action below:


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