You’re a motivated individual. You worked hard all your life. Are you going to retire just because SOCIETY (or your boss or your health) tells you to? No sir! Science tells us that an active life is a longer life. We have to keep our muscles and our brains moving and shaking or else entropy sets in and next thing you know, your three daily meals all have the word “smoothie” in the title.
Which brings us to Adrian Dantley. He was an NBA star with, most notably, the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks, averaging 30 points per game between 1981 and 1984. Not too shabby. He also made millions of dollars over the course of his career. But is he satisfied, sitting around doing nothing in retirement? Nope. He’s a school crossing guard in Silver Spring, Maryland, making $14,685.50 (US) plus health insurance.
“He doesn’t need the money,” a Dantley associate told Deadspin. “”He’s not going to just sit around and he just doesn’t want to pay health insurance.”
In a time when the typical pro athlete retirement plan seems to have three options—management, the broadcast booth, or dancing on TV—Dantley’s return to his hometown roots is a refreshing change. Who knows? Maybe Sidney Crosby will be driving the Zamboni back in Cole Harbour in 2030. Yeah, probably not.