Super Bowl greats tackled grunt work in first jobs

Wed Feb 3, 2016 1:08pm EST
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some U.S. football legends play their entire careers without getting close to acquiring a ring for winning the Super Bowl. Others like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has won four, do not know what to do with them all.

Whether they have tasted the ultimate sporting success or not, most famous players do not start out living the high life. With Super Bowl fever ramping up and a new jobs report due, Reuters asked a few NFL players how they began their careers, before they became champions.

Damien Woody

Two rings with New England Patriots, now a TV sports analyst on ESPN

First Job: Dishwasher

"My first job was washing dishes at a restaurant in Ashland, Virginia called the Ponderosa. I had just turned 16 and figured I wanted some money for myself, so I went in and they hired me on the spot. They didn't pay me much. I spent it all on things like sneakers and cassette tapes by R&B artists like Keith Sweat.

"At the time I was hitting a growth spurt where I grew six inches and gained 60 pounds in one year, so what I remember most was sneaking a whole lot of mac and cheese. My boys and I would sit back there in the kitchen and just eat. It was the best -before I married my wife, that is. Now her mac and cheese is clearly the best."   Continued...

Levi's Stadium, which will host the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, is pictured in Santa Clara, California January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger