Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright might not be the most famous player in the NFL, but he certainly qualifies for Most Committed to His Job.
Wright took an Uber from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park, N.Y., late Sunday night because he was determined to make it to the team’s voluntary off-season workouts, which began at 7 a.m. Monday.
The 540-mile, eight-hour ride cost him $632.08, and he threw in a $300 tip for driver Hadi Abdollahian, who initially thought Wright was asking for a ride to the local Buffalo Wild Wings, according to the Washington Post.
It was only after Wright typed the address of his destination into his GPS that Abdollahian realized the cornerback was headed to Buffalo, N.Y.
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“He told me Buffalo and I thought he meant Buffalo (Wild Wings) grill,” Abdollahian told The Post. “So I said, ‘Yeah, for sure.’’”
Asked if he considered backing out after hearing the actual destination, the driver said: “I promised him on the phone. So I said, 'Let's hit the road.'"
Wright, 30, signed with the Bills last month after two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He certainly showed his new employers that he is dedicated to his profession – although his expense report may raise eyebrows with the front office.
Wright tweeted about his lengthy, memorable Uber ride. He missed his connecting flight from Chicago to Buffalo, and there were none available until Monday morning, so, he figured he’d give Uber a shot. He got into Abdollahian’s Nissan Altima at 10:59 p.m. Sunday and arrived at Bills camp at 7 a.m. Monday.
Abdollahian, a 26-year-old Turkish immigrant, said he and Wright became buddies during their journey.
"He introduced himself and said he was a football player," Abdollahian said. "He starts talking about his family and kids. He was really an amazing guy. I loved his company. We had a great time."