For Terrance Ganaway, there are few more fitting employers than Jimmy Johns.

After all, the sandwich shop prides itself on making "subs so fast you'll freak." And as a running back, Ganaway knows a thing or two about speed.

The former Baylor star and current St. Louis Rams backup sent out a half-joking tweet in January, asking if anyone in the Waco area was hiring. Someone from Jimmy Johns responded to Ganaway, and so he applied and got hired in early February.

And this isn't just a gag gig. Ganaway works part time, 12 hours a week, and he does just about everything you'd imagine.

"I'm on the line that makes the sandwiches," Ganaway told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I bake bread. Take the cashier spot. I had to sweep the other day. Clean the tables. I mean, all types of stuff. Slice the meat. Wrap the meat."

Ganaway says he got the job as a way to keep himself occupied during his spare time. But fear not, Rams fans, Ganaway knows where his priorities lie.

"My No. 1 job is being an NFL player," Ganaway told the Post-Dispatch. "So don’t get it confused as to me working at Jimmy John’s has me lazy. ... I know what I have to do. I know how to get in shape and I know what it takes to perform at a high level. Really, Jimmy John’s is just to keep me out of trouble in all the down time we have in the offseason."

Far from standing around and doing nothing, Ganaway is actually quite busy at Jimmy Johns. He's had to learn all the sandwich combinations, and how to make them very quickly.

Ganaway has gone from earning the rookie minimum ($390,000) in the NFL to around minimum wage at Jimmy Johns. His salary for the upcoming season will be $480,000, but NFL contracts are not guaranteed, which means he gets nothing if the team cuts him. Money, though, is hardly the most important part of his Jimmy Johns work.



Kudos to Ganaway, who played in three games for the Rams, for putting in these extra hours. As we've learned far too often, success is fleeting in the professional football realm, and someone like Ganaway could get waived any day (like he did last year by the New York Jets). So if his career is cut short, Ganaway will already have a head start.

Plus, Ganaway does have a good point when he says this job will keep him out of trouble. As a reserve running back he has almost no room for error, so by putting in these hours he's protecting himself against any potentially harmful mistake.

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The voice on the other end of the phone is filled with youthful exhuberance and boundless energy. But it's also tinged ever slightly by a Southern accent that is clearly still in the development stages.

It's clear from the get-go that Alex Bowman isn't the poster boy for your father's NASCAR.

He calls Tucson, Ariz., home -- a world away from Daytona where the sport annually opens its season with race-crazy fans prominently displaying flags, license plates and clothing lines. His iPod is filled with Electronic Dance Music, Macklemore and The Otherside. It's music that the Nationwide Series' newest competitor is almost certain his fellow drivers have never heard of. Away from the track, Bowman surrounds himself with a different breed of people that don't fit in with a typical NASCAR crowd.

But living outside the box of everyone around him has always suited Bowman just fine, thank you.

"I'm definitely a little different," Bowman admits. "But I always think it's good to be different, to be unique and hopefully stand out from the rest of the crowd."

At only 19, the fresh-faced Bowman is only in his third year behind the wheel of a stock car. It's a reality that immediately puts him behind the curve as he enters his first season driving full-time on NASCAR's Nationwide Series.

If Bowman's name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry. He's used to it. Bowman's gotten used to the fact that he doesn't fit the profile of an up-and-coming superstar that racing teams are lining up get behind the wheel of one of their high-powered cars.

But in a sport attempting to turn the corner toward attracting a Twitter-crazed generation, that's precisely what made Bowman the perfect pioneer.

That's not only the case for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard, which this year has tossed the keys of its No. 99 Toyota Camry to the reigning ARCA Rookie of the Year.

But Bowman also has also sold himself on Daymond John, the 43-year-old entrepreneur who founded the FUBU clothing line and who is now fills one of the seats as a resident investors on the reality series, Shark Tank, which airs Friday nights on ABC.

For John, banking on NASCAR makes sense as a solid investment for his Shark Branding firm. But taking a chance on an out-of-the-box driver like Bowman is also good business, John insists, as a way of expanding stock car racing's appeal to a non-traditional audience.

"I find many, many things (about NASCAR) attractive," John says in a phone interview with ThePostGame. "I just needed to find the right way to be aligned with it in a way that made sense."

Enter Alex Bowman.

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When Bowman announced to his friends back at Tucson's Ironwood Ridge High School that he had plans to make it big in NASCAR, the response was fairly predictable.

The West Coast isn't exactly a breeding ground for teenagers harboring hopes of making it a go of it at

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Cases like Joel Bauman's make some wonder whether the NCAA is working against its stated goal of "protecting its student-athletes."

A redshirt sophomore wrestler at Minnesota, Bauman decided this week to forfeit his eligibility so he could pursue another one of his passions, music.

Bauman's music has gained quite a following, and it can be found on YouTube, TuneCore and iTunes. But on principle, Bauman won't use an alias when he sings or raps, which means he can't continue competing collegiately.

"We are certainly sympathetic of Joel," J.T. Bruett, Minnesota's director of compliance, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "But based on NCAA legislation in this area, student-athletes are not allowed to use their name, image or status as a collegiate student-athlete to promote the sale of a commercial product, including songs affiliated with a music career."

Bauman, who wrestled at 197 pounds, was a two-time state champion in high school and went 14-8 last year. He said it was important for him that people knew who he was, and if that meant he couldn't wrestle competitively, so be it.

"The dream is to inspire people," Bauman told the Star-Tribune. "I know through music that's all I'm trying to do. My message is way bigger than my eligibility."

Bauman's most popular song, "Ones in the Sky," has more than 20,000 views on YouTube.

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At a time when openly gay athletes may still feel uncomfortable in the sports realm, Sean Karson's story is an encouraging sign.

The MIT third baseman and co-captain of the baseball squad came out to his teammates after a recent practice, and he says he was blown away by their acceptance.

"They came up and gave me high fives and said they’d have my back and everything," Karson told the Boston Herald. "It was so supportive, it was ridiculous."

A junior who is majoring in chemistry, Karson came out after spending the weekend at a conference for LGBT tech students at the Facebook headquarters in California. The Florida native is highly accomplished both on and off the field. A three-year starer on the diamond, Karson is also the founder of a technology start-up called Sponge Systems.

Karson's story, and the ease with which he came out to his teammates, might not have been possible were it not for the trials of several gay sports figures before him. Steve Buckley wrote in the Boston Herald that Karson has been following the work of the "You Can Play" project, which was founded in the memory of former Miami (Ohio) hockey manager Brendan Burke, the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. Several months after coming out in the fall of 2009, Burke was killed in a car accident. The "You Can Play" campaign is working toward changing the sometimes anti-gay language used in professional locker rooms.

More directly, Karson was influenced by the story of James Nutter, a former University of Southern Maine baseball player who recently came out.

Despite the fact that there are currently no openly gay men in any of the major professional sports, a high-profile coming out like Karson's could help younger athletes feel more comfortable with their sexuality.

And for what it's worth, Karson thinks the lack of an openly gay athlete will change very soon.

“I think it’s going to happen in the next month," Karson told Buckley. "Nobody’s going to throw at you if you're the gay person on the team. I feel great. I’m not scared."

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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Mike Farhat is quickly becoming to professional athletes what Andy Warhol was to Campbell's Soup.

Farhat brings a fierce and vibrant panache to every piece, and sports stars are flocking to procure his services -- hoping to immortalize themselves in Plexiglas. Farhat's work has come to represent the modern athlete like Warhol's paintings embodied the cultural icons he depicted in the 60s and 70s. It's not "Pop Art," but it's "art that pops" with athletes.

We've always relied on cameras and the photographs to capture awe-inspiring sports feats, but Farhat -- "The Athlete's Artist" -- has found a way to express those emotions on a material that, to his knowledge, has never been used in this way.

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For someone who doesn't entirely understand the sport of basketball, Owen Godfrey has a remarkable feel for the game.

The 6-foot-5 senior at San Diego's Westview High School is an assistant manager on the basketball team, and he may be a better shooter than some the team's players. Godfrey, who is autistic, can consistently make 90 percent of his free-throw attempts. During a recent fundraiser, he knocked down 156 of 200 three-pointers.

The Wolverines have started a tradition, not ending practice until Godfrey makes a three-pointer. Luckily for the squad, that normally doesn't take too long.

“He isn’t able to do everything that we as players are able to and isn’t able to think as we do, yet it doesn’t stop him,” senior forward Andrew McWilliam told the U-T San Diego for a recent story on Godfrey. "When we see Owen shooting, it makes us want to work even harder and practice harder because we can play for Westview."

Godfrey and his family moved to San Diego two years ago, and one of the aides in his special education classes was varsity basketball coach Kyle Smith. Impressed by Godfrey's shooting during his physical education classes, Smith wondered if Godfrey would want to have a role on the basketball team.

Smith called Godfrey's mother, Nicola Bridges, who told the U-T San Diego that she was blown away by the offer. Godfrey is mostly non-verbal, and sometimes he has trouble expressing his feelings, so Bridges has to attend most basketball practices.

It was a sacrifice she was happy to make.

"This has changed Owen’s life phenomenally in so many ways," Bridges told the U-T San Diego. "Outside of school, they don't have a lot of friends. So, for Owen to be a part of this team and family, it means everything to me."

Godfrey gets a chance to shine in front of a larger audience during halftime free-throw and three-point shooting contests. Check him out for yourself:

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We've all heard the famous line uttered by star players at the end of the Super Bowl. Amid the confetti and hoopla on the field, the player turns to the camera and says, "I'm going to Disney World!"

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is not going to Disney World. Nor is he going on vacation. He's going to class.

Ayanbadejo, a two-time All-Pro special-teams player, is studying for his Master's in Business Administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. And he has to get back for class this week.

The outspoken Ravens linebacker is brash, smart and articulate on many topics. He has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage and is not afraid to take on controversial subjects that he believes in. Having succeeded on the football field, he is concurrently preparing for his future off the field.

Let's just hope class doesn't conflict with the Ravens' victory parade.

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The safety is the rarest of scoring plays. When it occurs, it is usually a good thing for the defense and looked upon as a negative play for the offense.

But not the safety taken by Ravens Pro Bowl punter Sam Koch on Sunday. Arguably the most famous safety in Super Bowl history helped seal the game for the Baltimore Ravens.

With 12 seconds left and a Super Bowl title on the line, the Ravens were backed up to punt inside their own end zone leading by five points. The Ravens snapped the ball to Koch, who proceeded to dance and prance his way into the corner of the end zone. By the time the 49ers realized what had happened and made a run at him, 8 valuable seconds had come off the clock.

After the game, Koch spoke with ThePostGame.com about the strategy involved on the fourth-down play in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLVII.

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