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March 20th, 2013
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From NBA great to crossing guard: Adrian Dantley helps out kids in Maryland

After an all American career at Notre Dame, Adrian Dantley went to greatness in the NBA. These days, the Hall of Famer is pounding the pavement instead of the hard court. It's part of his new job. Dantley spends an hour each day as a crossing guard in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This morning on "Starting Point," we were really lucky to have Dantley on the show, live from the crosswalk at the school where he works. He explains why he decided to take the job, which pays him a little over $14,000 a year.

"Basically, I didn't work last year so I got bored sitting around the house," he says. "I'm a routine guy, so I was in the weight room one day and some guys were in there talking and they said they like to do some things for some kids just a little bit, maybe one hour a day. And then one guy said, you know what, my wife is a crossing guard."

"I said to myself that would be a good job for me. That way I can stay busy, spend some time with the kids, do something for the community. And that's why I'm here," he says.

He adds that though people talk about the benefits of the job, he is "basically doing it for the kids." But he also admits the pay does take the burden off paying his health insurance bill every year.

Dantley says that the intersection he mans is dangerous, saying he and two kids were almost hit. Though he says the other crossing guards rib him a little for being the 'rookie.'

CNN's John Berman asks Dantley if it's harder to cross the kids every day, or play against the 1988 Boston Celtics.

"I think it's more dangerous out here than playing one on one and me taking a hard foul from an NBA player," Dantley says.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Joker

    Working 1 hour a day really deserves $14,000 in salary? Even working 2080/8=260 days a year equates to $53.85/hr. No wonder we are broke!

    March 26, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Big Jim

    Is he broke?

    March 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joel

    I see this dude everyday at my gym Fitness First Layhill MD. WOW!!! I thought he looked familiar but couldn't put my finger on it. CRAZY! That's awesome

    March 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. HoneyBooBoo

    It's nice to see a positive portrayal of a sports figure these days. Let's see more of this CNN.

    March 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Plugger

    This type of job is very rewarding. It's nice to know he is doing it to benefit the kids, his community and himself. I will be "retiring" after 6 years of being a Crossing Guard. I love the kids. They enjoy my baking them goodies.

    March 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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