If you had gotten paid $390,000 for roughly eight months of work, what would you get yourself into in your four offseason months?
Some folks might head to their nearest ‘watering hole’. Others might slink into a strip club with a pile of singles in their pockets. Still more might take a trip to some exotic location and not return for quite some time.
But would anyone, handed that type of cash and then all that time off, head over to a Jimmy John’s?
That’s exactly where St. Louis Rams backup running back and former Baylor star Terrence Ganaway found himself after his first year in the NFL. Ganaway was largely overshadowed by the Heisman-winning QB Robert Griffin III (maybe you’ve heard of him?) in college, but the dude was a star in his own right. Especially in 2011, when he rushed for 1,547 yards, scored 22 touchdowns and set or tied 12 school records.
Ganaway was released by the Jets but picked up by the Rams before the start of his first year. While he did not record a carry or a catch, he is hoping for an expanded role in his sophomore effort. Until then, however, Ganaway was simply looking for something to do in between his workouts.
“I just wanted to stay fit, stay out of trouble, and really just try to save money and not spend a lot of money,” he said. “So I just jokingly tweeted that I needed a job in Waco. Was anyone hiring?”
Got to love technology — a Jimmy John’s employee responded, and, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the rest is history.
Ganaway works 12 hours a week: 5-9 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday over on Fourth Street in Waco, Texas.
“I’m on the line that makes the sandwiches,” Ganaway said. “I bake bread. Take the cashier spot. I had to sweep the other day. Clean the tables. I mean, all types of stuff. Slice the meat. Wrap the meat. …
“I’m in the heat of the battle,” Ganaway said. “Trying to make sandwiches fast is Jimmy John’s policy, so it’s kind of stressful.”
Coming from a blogger who definitely spent time in the restaurant biz in college, it’s pretty great to see an NFL player putting so much effort into something that really should not matter to him. Of course, the funniest part might be the fact that while some people do recognize him, others don’t look closely enough at the person behind the apron.
“You know, I’m in uniform,” Ganaway said. “I’ve got an apron on, with a visor. I’ve got gloves. So unless I recognize somebody and I say, ‘Hey, what’s up man?’ They look at me kind of weird and say: ‘Why are you working at Jimmy John’s?’
Because why not, man? The dude’s just trying to kick it in a unique way, but of course football remains his No. 1 priority.
“My No. 1 job is being an NFL player,” Ganaway said. “So don’t get it confused as to me working at Jimmy John’s has me lazy. … I know what I have to do. I know how to get in shape and I know what it takes to perform at a high level. Really, Jimmy John’s is just to keep me out of trouble in all the down time we have in the offseason.”