Having spent time on both the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rosters without playing in a game, former undrafted free agent Bernard Reedy has a side job that could make him a good candidate for a profile on this year’s installment of “Hard Knocks” when HBO cameras follow the Bucs this summer.
The former Toledo wide receiver attempting to stay with the Bucs also works as a driver for a company dedicated to helping the disabled. The 25-year-old Reedy works for Care Ride, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, and has for the past two years.
“The money in your savings is only going to last so long. I had to go out and get a job so I could continue to live,” said Reedy, who makes $11 per hour with the company. “You want to always have something you fall back on. If you don’t work, you don’t have any more income, so it’s just decreasing. You’ve gotta go find a way to make some money.”
Reedy is now in his fourth year out of college. The 5-foot-9 performer was a steady skill-position threat at Toledo from 2011-13, totaling 23 receiving touchdowns during those seasons and recording a career-high 1,113 receiving yards as a junior in 2012. But Reedy’s NFL journey hasn’t resulted in him being able to crack a game-day roster.
Reedy spent 2014 on the Falcons’ practice squad, 2015 out of football and 2016 out for the season with a knee injury. The Bucs picked him up via reserve/futures contract in early 2016 after the Falcons waived him a year earlier. Reedy worked with Care Ride during the 2015 season and during this offseason has a three-day work schedule. He’s back with the Bucs attempting to earn a roster spot in what might be his last chance. But even if Reedy does make the most of this opportunity, he plans to keep the Care Ride job during the offseasons.
“All my other teammates that I know that I personally talk to, they all caked up — they all got money, a whole lot of money,” said Reedy, attached to a non-guaranteed $465,000 figure this season. “When I get to that tax bracket with them, I’m going to continue to work here during the offseason. … You always want to be grateful.”