NFL Player Takes 500-Mile Uber Ride to Get to Practice

The damage: a $632 fare and $300 tip
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2017 1:37 PM CDT
   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – This is the story of two men ridiculously committed to their respective jobs. On Sunday, Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright's flight was late getting into Chicago and he missed his connecting flight to New York, the Buffalo News reports. Wright had to be in Buffalo for (voluntary) practice by Monday morning, but there weren't any flights available and he didn't want to rent a car because he wanted to get some sleep before practice. The (not so) obvious solution: an eight-hour, 500-mile Uber ride. According to, Uber driver Winny—a refugee living in Chicago and putting himself through school with dreams of being an astronaut—was happy to oblige.

Winny drove straight through the night, only stopping once for gas, and got Wright to practice with minutes to spare. Wright's coach commended him for his "tremendous dedication," but the same could definitely be said of Winny. Wright paid the $632 fare and added a $300 tip for good measure. Wright wasn't the only NFL player with an an unorthodox way of getting to practice this week. reports Davon House of the Green Bay Packers was stuck in Minnesota after missing his connecting flight to Green Bay on Monday. He tweeted out a request to see if any Packers fans nearby "want to take a trip." Brothers Chad and Mike Johnson did, picking House up at the airport and driving him four hours to Green Bay. The brothers thought that would be the end of it, but House gave them a personal tour of Lambeau Field and signed autographs. (Read more Uber stories.)

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