St.Louis Rams rookie Terrance Ganaway works in sandwich shop during off-season
While most sport stars use the off-season as a time to eat what they want, take a holiday and just generally relax, St.Louis Rams’ Terrance Ganaway is going to spend his off-season making sandwiches at a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches in Waco, Texas. The rookie running-back, who earned $390,000 last year, now makes $7.50 an hour working three days a week.
Ganaway was offered the job after the manager of Jimmy John’s saw the player’s tweet about his desire for something to do to fill his time before pre-season started. Having offered the player a part-time role, the manager was surprised when Ganaway took up his offer. Speaking to the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, Ganaway said: "I just wanted to stay fit, stay out of trouble and really just try to save money and not spend a lot of money.”
Since taking up his role, Ganaway has used his Twitter account to promote the local business and increase its popularity in the area. His present at the shop has also lead to fans tweeting pictures of their sandwiches, accompanied with captions such as, “Terrance Ganaway made this sandwich. Awesome!” However, the player has also stressed that he is not working at Jimmy John’s to simply boost his popularity and gain relative fame among football fans. He added: My number one job is being an NFL player, 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."
As Ganaway continues to work throughout the off-season, Jimmy John’s popularity and business looks set to soar with the Rams man behind the counter. A feel-good story, the episode highlights the power of Twitter and just what can be achieved through use of social media.
Incidentally, Ganaway’s first pay check at Jimmy John’s was a mere $143.09. A far cry from his hefty wage that he earns during the playing season.