( 4UMF NEWS ) NFL Player Becomes Uber Driver:
One NFL player’s drive to the Super Bowl goes through Uber. Miami Dolphins defensive tackle A.J. Francis just bought a new car and now wants to put it to work shuttling passengers around South Florida.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound NFLer told the Daily News that after being a user and fan of the crowd-sourced taxi app he applied to be a driver on Wednesday.
“It would be a cool way to get some extra cash,” admitted Francis, who signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland in 2013 and spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury.
Pro athletes working part-time jobs during the offseason is as old as the games themselves. But in today’s billion-dollar business it’s a rare sight.
“I’ve been using the app for two years,” he told the News. “And every driver I talk to says it really helps supplement their income.”
Francis recently turned in his lease and purchased a muscular white Dodge Charger with black trim, something he envisions spinning around Fort Lauderdale in ferrying passengers up to four hours a day during the offseason.
“I’d go wherever they pay me to take them,” Francis joked. “The customer is always right.”
Even as a youngster, Francis looked for enterprising ways to earn cash around the Washington D.C. suburb of Severn, Md.
“I always worked odd jobs,” Francis said. “I mowed lawns in summer and shoveled snow in the winter. I got a job in a deli cutting meat. I was a bouncer at a night club in college.”
Organized team activities began Monday, so Francis, who lives near the Dolphins training facility in Davie, has been busy. He expects to be in the mix for playing time, even with the blockbuster acquisition of Ndamukong Suh.
And he has yet to play in an NFL regular season game. Simply getting on the field is his motivation.
“I want to be a major contributor on the team,” Francis told the News. I’m hoping to be the big run stopper they need. That’s my goal.”
He’ll drive the car if the Dolphins let him.
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