Published March 20, 2013
Former NBA star and Olympian Adrian Dantley left the NBA in 1991, but has found a new career: crossing guard.
WTOP reports Dantley, who spent most of his career with the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons and led the 1976 U.S. Olympic team in scoring, got the idea to become a crossing guard in a weight room.
"All I do is work out and lift weights all the time," Dantley tells WTOP. "I was in the weight room and a couple guys were talking saying, 'Man, I tell you what's a good job? A couple of my friends' wives they're crossing guards.' So I heard them and I said, 'That's something I want to do."
The 6-foot-5 Dantley started working as a crossing guard in September 2012 for an hour a day at Eastern Middle School and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.
Dantley says he wanted something to do in his free time, and enjoys the health care benefits. Records show he gets paid $14,685.50 a year, but Dantley says he doesn't need the money.
"I could sit around the house. I could do that, I don't want to do that," he told WTOP.
Dantley says he plans to remain a crossing guard for the next 20 years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.