Rams RB Terrance Ganaway takes offseason minimum wage job as Jimmy John’s sandwich maker

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If you happen to walk into a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Waco, Texas, and notice the guy working behind the counter looks an awful lot like a professional football player, that’s probably because he is one.

Terranace Ganaway, who just completed his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, has taken an offseason job working for a local Jimmy John’s sandwich shop. Ganaway appeared in three games last season and made the league minimum wage of $390,000. You figure that someone earning a six-figure wage would not want to work at a sandwich shop for around $7 an hour, but not Ganaway.

The story of Ganaway’s job has been told through his Twitter account over the past five weeks, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about it in an article published Thursday.

We went back through Ganaway’s Twitter timeline to see how the whole thing unfolded. It all started with a Jan. 15 tweet from Ganaway asking if anyone in Waco was hiring:

Someone on Twitter told him to come work for Jimmy John’s because they were hiring:

Ganaway then had a long exchange with the employee who recommended Jimmy John’s. He ended up applying and was hired for a part-time job.

Three weeks later, Ganaway proudly tweeted that he was getting ready for his first day of work:

Ganaway has been working steadily since then. He’s done autograph promotions while he’s been on shift, and he even lamented having his hours cut last week.

Of course, the strange job choice has everyone asking the same question: why would Ganaway, who rushed for 1,567 yards and 21 touchdowns at Baylor in 2011 as a teammate of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, want to work at a sandwich shop cutting meat, baking bread, sweeping floors, and cleaning tables? Ganaway answered that.

Ganaway elaborated on his reasons in the Post-Dispatch’s story.

“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 told the Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas.

Ganaway works Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 5-9 p.m, which is enough to keep him busy, but not enough to prevent him from training. He says he still works out nearly every day, sometimes twice a day.

Though the job may sound easy, it hasn’t been for Ganaway. He told the Post-Dispatch that there is pressure to make several sandwiches very quickly, and that it’s been tough learning the sandwich menu.

“Got to learn everything on the menu,” he said. “It’s something that I’m learning every day. You’ve got to know your sandwich.”

Ganaway also heard from one of the store’s managers about talking too much football with some of the guests, so he has to curb the amount of socializing he’s doing on the job.

Ganaway was a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Jets last year and was waived before the season began. He was picked up by the Rams and remained with them for the season. The Post-Dispatch says he may have a larger role ahead of him as a big back in the team’s offense.

This is a pretty awesome story. We admire Ganaway’s humility and openness to taking the job. We’ve seen other athletes pull similar stunts in the past, but this seems much more genuine. If things don’t work out in football, at least he has something to fall back on.

Photo credit: Twitter/Heath Nielsen
H/T Reddit NFL

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  • SpinMax

    this should speed up delivery even more

  • http://www.facebook.com/dobish Daniel Dobish

    Fun trivia fact…Ganaway was the only player to score a touchdown for the New York Jets last preseason…and they cut him. They probably could have used a few more character guys like him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.coco.39 Nathan Coco

    Very graceful, proud of this man and role model.

  • Hitek_dialekt

    His manager must be nuts. This will be the most popular Jimmy Johns in America, whether he makes a sandwich or not. Shut up, let him talk football, and enjoy your free publicity dummy.

  • 1Hoss

    Good God, could somebody clone the dude. This country needs more people like him, and the NFL needs a whole bunch more like him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VizionMC Tim Thompson

    Sounds like he has a great head on his shoulders.  

  • monsterzero

    good for this young man to keep busy and out of trouble and to also get a perspective of what some of us regular folks do.  sandwich/pizza shop is a tough gig, did it for 8 years. hungry people can turn on ya quick. :)

  • BlueAngel27

    Congratulations to this young man’s parents, grandparents or whoever raised him.  May he keep a humble heart, never adopt an ego that makes sooooo many go the wrong path of destruction, and stay grounded with what really matters in life.  Life is fickle and throws us many free challenges my departed father used to say.  Stay away from evil people, remember where you came from and never ever forget God gave you qualities and a brain to pursue happiness.  Those who abuse this gift end up in disgrace because they lost their way. 

    Mr. Terrance Ganaway, be good and give hope to others who are hoping to improve their lives plus be positive members of society.  Stay away from greedy people and young ladies who only want one thing, to take advantage of you.  Keep your family close and you will be blessed with love and good fortune.  $ doesn’t matter because we cannot take it with us.  People who love us will always be there for you.  Seems like you already knew that………….God Bless you!