As NFL punter Drue Chrisman looked for an off-season gig to stay fit and active, the 26-year-old decided to sign up to do DoorDash deliveries on his bike.
Little did he know the decision would lead to a whole new perspective for Chrisman, who most recently suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals before being released by the team earlier this season.
“You see so many interesting things when you’re doing that kind of job, especially right around downtown Cincinnati,” Chrisman told Olympics.com in an exclusive interview. “I never really got to see the city from that perspective, and I saw some things I wasn’t quite aware of, the poverty and the homelessness on the street.”
“I used the money I was making on DoorDash and started buying from local restaurants and handing the food out around town. I saw that people were in need, but that they also needed, you know, a random act of kindness for the day, too.”
Chrisman began filming his adventures on his phone, and a second camera taped to his (bike) helmet. The videos became a social media hit , and local businesses supported Chrisman with donations and giveaways.
“[It] became just a win-win-win-win cycle,” said Chrisman, who is maintaining his training in hopes of getting signed by a team this season. “I was getting a good workout, I was able to help people, making videos and these small mom-and-pop shops in Cincinnati wanted to give back in their community, which in a way was advertising for them. It […]