While OTAs are strictly voluntary in the NFL, some players are still committed to showing up and getting an early start to the season.
On Sunday, newly signed Bills cornerback Shareece Wright took this commitment to levels previously unseen in the NFL, hailing an Uber from Chicago to Buffalo in order to get to practice on time, according to his agent Tamerat Berhe.
Once the tweet was posted, supporters and curious twitter observers alike began asking the questions you might expect: How much was the fare? Did he pool or go with UberX? How did he maintain polite small talk with his driver for eight hours? Did they stop for snacks?
Soon after, Wright posted a picture of his receipt as proof of his journey.
The price of the ride was a cool $US632.08, but Wright’s agent jumped back into the conversation to assure onlookers that there had been a generous tip involved in the transaction as well.
The story still leaves us with a few glaring questions, the most obvious being, “Why didn’t he just fly?”
While Wright is new to the Bills this season, he was signed back in May, and probably knew the dates of OTAs before the day they started. Buffalo has an airport, and as of writing this post you can find multiple nonstop flights from Chicago to Buffalo for just $US280 in economy seating and $US380 if Wright wanted to splurge for first class.
We may never know the reasoning behind Wright’s decision, but it’s good to know that Wright made it to practice on time like he wanted to, and that his driver Winny got a sizable tip and a five star rating out of the deal.
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