I noticed a while back that Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has “Part-Time Uber Driver” listed on his Twitter bio.
I’ve wanted to ask him about it, but Price went on injured reserve in late October with a shoulder injury and hasn’t been at any recent open locker room sessions. Monday, though, was locker room cleanout day. Price was there and — in spite of there being several other things to talk about that day — I grabbed him for a couple of minutes to clear up this Uber mystery.
As it turns out, he’s never actually driven for Uber. But he said he did fill out all the paperwork and added that fellow defensive back Andrew Sendejo did as well.
So what’s the motivation?
“Meet new people, I guess. … And it’s a job on the go. It’s not really demanding,” Price said. “I’m probably going to do it one of these days.”
Do you think maybe this offseason you’ll try driving?
“Possibly,” he said. “The money is good.”
(Note: Price pleaded guilty this past offseason to a charge of careless driving stemming from a January arrest, which led to a two-game suspension to start the season. Uber’s driver requirements/background check page says nothing specifically about careless driving as a red flag).
Price played in 14 games as a rookie in 2014, but he didn’t see any action this year after starting with the suspension and ending on IR — so he’s ready for a fresh start.
“I’m ready to get this offseason started,” he said. “This season didn’t go quite as planned. I came back and hurt my shoulder and had to get it fixed right away. It kept me down. I felt great at the start of the season but I didn’t get a chance to finish it with my guys, and that hurt me. … (Sunday’s game) hurts. It hurts not to be there and it hurts that we lost. But it’s time for us to start fresh now. We have a new stadium now and we have momentum from this year. We can only go up.”