For one day Charles Clay
got to live out his dream.
Clay’s worked his entire life to become a professional athlete, so last April when the Miami Dolphins selected the Tulsa fullback in the sixth-round of the 2011 draft this 24-year-old thought he’d reached the finish line.
He’d be playing football at the highest level, and would finally achieved some financial security through his signing bonus, and an NFL paycheck if he made it to the 53-man roster. But the NFL’s Lockout, which started on March 12 and is now headed into it’s fourth month, has put Clay’s NFL career on hold.
The fact he’s no longer a student-athlete at Tulsa, and had no source of income has put him in financial turmoil. Clay’s in-debt to his agents and trainers, and the bills are piling up. So to stay afloat he’s been receiving day labor type work with a company called LPD, which has him cutting gas at oil wells, doing odd jobs like cleaning the jacks to make ends meet.
“It’s hard times right now,” Clay told me Saturday during WQAM’s Kup & Kelly show. ”I’m working little small jobs and things to get money. Not getting an income right now is tough, especially when I’m trying to have a facility to workout in, and have to pay for things like [trainers].