Patriots WR will get back to working $11 an hour job after Super Bowl LII

Talk about commitment. After Super Bowl LII is in the books and the offseason begins for the New England Patriots, backup receiver Bernard Reedy will be back to work at his $11 an hour job with Care Ride driving a van for folks with disabilities.

“As soon as our offseason officially starts,” Reedy said, per ESPN, “I’ll be back at Care Ride when I’m able to. The work don’t stop. Everybody still needs help.”

As an undrafted free agent back in 2014 out of Toledo, Reedy’s NFL career has been spent almost entirely on practice squads. He’s suited up for 11 games this past season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Patriots, who signed him to the practice squad in November. Reedy made it to the active roster in December, catching four passes for 32 yards during his tenure with New England.

Now he’s headed to the Super Bowl.

None of that has stopped him from deeply caring about his “regular” offseason job, and the people he serves while working it.

“I used to think about a lot of the people I would pick up and the situations that they [were] in and the stories I heard. Some of the stories, the normal average person wouldn’t believe, but that stuff’s true,” Reedy said. “It’s just ironic that I’ve had a job like that in the situation that I was in. To be around positivity and listen to people go through what I went through — I went through it sportswise and they went through it in life. It was tough to want to play and to want to be on somebody’s team and [I] just [didn’t] get the break yet, but I also thought, ‘What about the people on life support? What about the people who can’t walk that want to walk again?’ That stuff’s way more serious than running around and playing football.”

Well said.

As an added bonus to his current situation, Reedy is set to haul in $112,000 if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, which should certainly help with the bills as he gets back to his $11 an hour job this spring.