Was watching NFL Network and saw a feature on Terrance Ganaway
this morning. I know, at first, I thought, "What? A media outlet is actually covering something having to do with the Rams
, there must be some mistake." But sure enough, it was NFL Network's Michelle Beisner reporting on Ganaway's story.
Ganaway is practically a four pillars guy, having come from a modest background and seemingly having learned life's lessons well and carrying on as a character guy. This is hardly a new story in the NFL, the "kid that worked hard to make it" seems like a cliché now. But it's a great cliché and how can you be a human being and not like it? Ganaway credits his mother for teaching him a lot about hard work and having a good attitude. He also lost her I believe during his college years. He's dealt with adversity, the kind that makes you either more mature or more self-destructive, not like the USC kids' dilemma of "Gee, do I drive the red BMW or the black one to school today?" and he seems to have taken the right path.
Ganaway also went to work at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop in the offseason
[USA Today]. Guess that new rookie wage scale is a killer! But Ganaway says there were good reasons to do it, including a way to burn up off season hours and stay out of trouble and also to reinforce the understanding of hard work for a dollar earned. The NFL AM crew poked fun at the idea that Ganaway and fellow Baylor alum Robert Griffin III
may have competing Jimmy John and Subway shops someday.
As I knew so little about Ganaway, I thought it was great NFL AM ran the story. I'm writing this at 7am central time. NFL.com reports that this feature will be discussed again at 9am, so if you have NFL Network and don't have to work (or maybe even if you do) you have another chance to check it out.
Ganaway combine video