Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who just signed a $31 million contract, made an arguably surprising revelation during a Florida radio show last week: He works the drive-thru at a convenience store.
After some disbelief from the hosts of the Dan LeBatard Show, Hartline explained that he and a pal bought an Ohio minimart in January. The NFL player helps at the drive-thru when they're short-staffed. (Listen to the interview above.)
"It's the American Dream," Hartline said. "Owning your own business."
And apparently, the Dolphins player has big dreams for the Smart Stop store.
"Just trying to be the next Circle K," he said.
Since making the revelation, Hartline has had fun with the news on Twitter. He recently asked followers if they needed anything from the store.
Hartline's entrepreneurial moves were praised by Big Lead Sports' Stephen Douglas, who wrote: "Brian Hartline will not be one of those broke athletes after he retires."
Perhaps surprisingly, the Miami Dolphins player isn't the only one to take a side job.
St. Louis Rams running back Terrance Ganaway joined Hartline in the food-service grind as a sandwich maker at a Waco, Texas, eatery, Bleacher Report notes.
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