Many NFL players score large contracts, like Raiders quarterback Derick Carr’s record setting new salary, and focus solely on their football career.
Things are different however for Tampa Bay Buccaneer receiver Bernard Reedy.
Per the Wild Card:
Bernard Reedy is not your typical NFL player.
After a stint with the Atlanta Falcons, the 25-year-old wide receiver out of Toledo is looking to make a living with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, it’s what Reedy does off the field that separates him from the pack.
The Buccaneer spends his free time investing into the lives of others in his community by being a driver to those who are wheelchair-bound:
As ESPN reports, the typical offseason day for Reedy involves picking up clients in wheelchairs for Care Ride, which is similar to Uber and Lyft, except its sole purpose is to provide transportation for people who use wheelchairs.
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Many of Reedy’s regular clients have developed relationships with him. One of them is Carlos Velez, 70, who a veteran who served tours in both Korea and Vietnam.
Despite the many exchanges between the two, Velez says he often forgets his driver is an NFL player. Reedy is a humble guy who plans to continue working for Care Ride even if his NFL career takes off.
“You always want to be grateful,” he told ESPN.
“I’m financially stable enough now that I would be OK if I didn’t do this, but why sit home after you’re done working out, going over your plays and stuff?” he said. “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.”