As the NFL lockout enters its third month, players are turning to non-football jobs to pass the time and subsidize their incomes. For established stars like Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, who has already tried his hand at bullriding and professional soccer since the work stoppage started, the side gigs are little more than canny self-promotion. For the league's less well-known players, lockout work has been far less glamorous. Among the more practical lockout jobs players have taken:
Farmhand (New York Jets defensive end Matt Kroul)
The New York Times ran a feature Saturday on the ways players are staying busy (and employed) during the lockout. It centered on Kroul, who has been "tilling and planting and chopping" away the offseason on his family's 500-acre farm in Iowa. Not that he minded it. "When football is over," he reasoned, "I'll probably be right here."
Substitute teacher (Denver Broncos safety David Bruton)
Bruton has been a licensed substitute teacher in his hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio since April. According to the Denver Post, he subbed twice in May, first teaching math and social studies to second graders, then in a remedial social studies class at Miamsburg High School. Bruton made $90 for each day, and also got to work out at the high school's gym.