Even after the Bengals called with a job moments after last month’s NFL Draft ended, Iowa State linebacker Marcel Spears Jr., kept going back to work stocking shelves while stacking up his new playbook.
It was only a week or so ago that Spears gave his notice to the Walmart near his home in Olathe, Kan., so he was able to spend Memorial Day Saturday treating his mother and girlfriend to pedicures.
But not before some of his old high school teammates saw him at work. Masked up with gloves while cleaning carts and keeping count of people leaving and entering the store. They asked him a question he really couldn’t answer.
One of them, Isaiah Simmons, who just so happened to be the eighth pick in the draft, is home from Clemson and waiting to head to Arizona and the Cardinals.
I would see Isaiah and them and they would all pull up on me at Walmart and they say the exact same thing, Spears says. Man, you’re the only dude that signed a contract that works at Walmart.