Skip to comments.Rams Rookie Running Back Terrance Ganaway Spends Offseason Making Sandwiches at Texas Chain
Posted on 02/26/2013 6:41:19 PM PST by nickcarraway
Ganaway, who was drafted by the Jets but was cut after rookie minicamp, jokingly tweeted that he was bored with his offseason and was looking for something to fill all those empty hours until Rams OTAs and training camp commence.
You want fries with that?
While most NFL players use the offseason for rest, relaxation and maybe some traveling, St. Louis Rams running back Terrance Ganaway has decided to spend his time away from the gridiron in a most unusual way earning $7.50 an hour making sandwiches at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in Waco, Texas.
Ganaway jokingly tweeted that he was bored with his offseason and was looking for something to fill all those empty hours until Rams OTAs and training camp commence. Memo to Terrance: be careful what you put out there on Twitter. You never know who's reading it.
One who did see Ganaway's tweet was the manager at Jimmy John's, who offered Ganaway a part-time gig at the popular sandwich store and Ganaway accepted. He has now traded his two-a-day practices for a three-days-a-week job, at least until football starts again.
"I just wanted to stay fit, stay out of trouble and really just try to save money and not spend a lot of money," Ganaway, who earned the rookie minimum of $390,000 last year with the Rams, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
And Ganaway, a sixth-round pick of the Jets in the 2012 draft who was later waived and picked up by the Rams, has shown how versatile a team player he can be.
"Never intended for the story to grow," Ganaway tweeted. "I am grateful for platform that God has provided. Truly honored that so many respect my work ethic."
But Ganaway, the former Baylor star (he rushed for 1,547 yards and 21 TDs in his senior season) who appeared in three games for the Rams last season, says he had no desire to make his new hobby anything more than it is. Football is still his top priority.
"My number one 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."
By the way, Ganaway's take home pay from his first paycheck? A cool $143.09.
i like this story...
Good publicity for him, for Jimmy Johns (as if they needed it), and not a bad thing for security. I'll bet punks think twice about starting any trouble in that store. ;)
This kid might never become a famous NFL player but I’ll bet he’s still living comfortably while many Hall of Fame players are going through bankruptcy. Good on him for his work ethic and more importantly for giving God the glory.
He needs to learn the business and purchase a franchise. Then he work there as his own boss.
*The art, style and lesson of the Texas sammich ping*
Tom T. Hall “Ode To A Half A Pound Of Ground Round”
I saw something akin to the Mean Jim Greene coke commercial in January on a flight into Pensacola. Jerel Worthy from Green Bay was on the flight, and in the baggage claim area he saw a nine year old boy decked out, head to toe in Green Bay gear a week after they had been eliminated from the play offs. He came over and thanked the kid for supporting the team, autographed his hat, shook his hand, took pictures, etc. It was pretty cool.
Great sandwiches ....
Barbeque - Robert Earl Keen
Good honest work. Don’t forget the hair net and watch your fingers on the slicer.
Marcia Ball-Red Beans
We’re all gonna be stuffed like Sunday chickens at this rate!
Thanks to Terrance Ganaway for the sammich.
Pretty cool story.
Very cool, LV! ;)
Yeah, I will have to check the place out next time I am down there.
Then there is this place in Wimberly.
You know, a lot of these young men are good fellows that get swept away in money and the lure of fame.
Good on Terrence for seeing the down side of idle hands.
He will likely be well off and live to a ripe old age.
Franchising worked for Junior Bridgeman. After a 13-year NBA career, he became a franchisee for Wendy’s. Today, his company owns 160 of the restaurants and Bridgeman is the second-largest Wendy’s franchisee. I would imagine the franchise fee for Jimmy John’s is much lower than for a Wendy’s. And unlike Subway, I don’t think they have a reputation for plunking down a company store two blocks away from a franchisee’s location.
I hope he rushes for 2106+ yards next season.
Sounds like a good kid. I have never been to a Jimmie Johns where the employees were not extremely polite.
That’s why you always want to keep a few MRE’s stashed away.