Atlanta Man Turns Down NFL Job To Be….A Train Conductor!?!?!?

- By Bossip Staff

How many aspiring athletes do you know that would turn down an NFL gig and $18,000 a week? Well that’s exactly what Keith Fitzhugh did tuesday when the New York Jets called him, as he decided he’d rather keep his current job as a train conductor.

Contemplating the offer, Fitzhugh, 24, thought about the steady job he had landed three months ago, as a Norfolk Southern railroad conductor, a position he loves.

He thought about his family, about leaving behind his disabled father and hard-working mother.

He thought about the three times that NFL teams previously released him.

And Fitzhugh said no.

That sounds like he made that decision pretty quick, we would have at least slept on it, damn…

“I have buddies with two degrees who can’t find a job,” he said.

“You can’t play [football] when you’re 40 or 50 or 60 years old,” Fitzhugh said. “But you can get on a train and you can ride.”

Good point brotha, you definitely did the right thing. Can’t turn down no fa’ sho’ money for no “hope so” money. Play on playa…

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  • Hannibal

    WOW HE IS STUPID! YOU ARE TURING DOWN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE A TRAIN CONDUCTOR? ANOTHER DUMB BLACK PERSON…

    • Tyrone

      Hannibal, you are obviously uneducated. The government should not let people who live in the projects have internet.

    • HEADACHE

      He would not be guaranteed millions of dollars… You must think everyone in the NFL makes millions huh? He will be only playing for four games and after that he has no job security due to the fact that the Jets will have their safeties back. Oh and to mention the possible lockout in 2011. I think he’s the smartest person for not taking the job since he has a good payng job right now.

    • Jesscia

      Read the entire story and “why” he made this decision before you call someone else “dumb”, YOU STUPID, IGNORANT DUMMY!

    • RMEs

      If he would only be playing for 4 games, couldn’t he take a leave from the conductor job, cop the $ and go back to his regular life? Win/win for everyone. And the train company wins too cuz they can use him for publicity.

    • Rdub

      Did you not read the article? He’s been released previously 3 times, wasn’t being offered a long term contract of “millions” but rather a few weeks or so. This means he could be hurt and a$$ out once again. Quick buck never gets you anywhere in the long run. He’s thinking about his family, which MANY others should do or at least about longevity. Seems like you’re the DUMBY here. Go get educated!

    • Hannibal

      WHAT’S A “DUMBY”? SORRY, YOU FAILED, TRY AGAIN!

    • gabe

      speaking as an ex- trainman from back in the 70’s conductors and engineers make six figure salaries. satan aka hannity [butt] wipe. you are a trick and a devil. and i bet you and glock ya’ll women are into black men. its why you get on here and hate.

  • april

    Awwww, how sweet! 🙂

  • Nick

    Hannibal has got to be an idiot… the article says 18k a week not millions of dollars, the kid has already been released by three nfl teams, he’s not gonna be a long term member of the team. And only the superstars make the millions…educate yourself

  • V

    HE IS DEF. A GREAT MAN!!!!

  • HHH

    They didnt put the whole story up!! he was only gonna have 4 weeks then they were going to release him! and his mom and dad cant work anymore so he needs a steady job to support them.

  • HHH

    Fitzhugh has a stable job with health benefits, and a steady paycheck trumps chasing his gridiron dream. His father, Keith Sr., has had hip replacements and bad knees, and has been unable to work since his son left to play football at Mississippi State. He also lost a sister to the West Nile Virus, and now lives at home with his close-knit family.

  • T

    Hannibal’s a d*ck. Respect to the train conductor brother.

  • Nina

    He’s a smart man. When he retires from train conductor he won’t need to find other ways of bringing in money (if he chooses not to). He will have his pension to fall back =)

    • RMEs

      I hope he has his own retirement plan in place too because I think this economy has taught us not to depend on companies or the gov’t to fund our retirement.

  • wetback

    I DONT BLAME HIM BRAVO BRAVO I WOULD DO THE SAME THING RATHER THAN PLAY FOR A NFL TEAM THAT HAS A DIRTY MESSICAN AS A QUARTERBACK I WOULD RATHER DRIVE A TRAIN TO THAN BE A RACE SELLOUT AND PLAY FOR A MESSICAN FOOTBALL TEAM

  • nymphis

    I WANNA HERE FROM THE SiSTERS ON THIS
    IF THIS WAS YOUR MAN?HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?

    • ImaPC

      I would feel great to know I was with someone who was so mature, to put the needs of his family above short term fame and fortune.

    • Rae Rae

      He is a keeper…luv this man!

  • nymph

    If it was me i’d request a vacation from work for a month, make that quick hundred or so stacks and
    catch the next train home

  • ImaPC

    In another article it fully explained that he is now responsible for providing for his parents, and that’s really what drove his decision.

  • i kc u u kc me

    The man does not want to be cripple by age 30 knee replacement by 35 extreme back neck shoulder pain the rest of his life. Stomach raw from eating celebrax. NFL PLAYERS ARE CRIPPLE BY 35 AND DEAD BY 50. GOD GRACED – SPARED YOU 3 TIMES!

  • 7lady

    This young man made such a smart decision. It shows so much about his character. He doing something he loves.

  • krakatoa

    The NFL’s minimum salary for the 2009 season with 0 credited seasons is $310,000, with 10+ credited seasons it is $845,000. He’s already played for three teams and he’s probably set for life if he’s managed his money well. I doubt he’s struggling to pay the mortgage.

  • Just sayin'

    I applaud you on your decision. Enjoy your fam & have peace of mind. Nothing like it.

  • Please Stop

    He’s really not a dummy. A Train Conductor/Yard Master in a hugh city bring in around 100K-125K a year plus bonuses.

    NFL players pay for a lot of things in the NFL…they don’t make 18K a week without paying people. NFL players have to pay their Agent, Manager, Lawyers every time they make any money in the league. Also, the health insurance is ridiculous, plus NFL contracts aren’t promised. You could lose your contract whenever the owner, coaches, or organization feel they don’t need you. Those players make money but you can lose it at anytime. The NFL has a high turnover rate with rookies.
    There are plenty of rookies that are monsters on the field that you will NEVER hear about…there are hundreds of rookies that go through training camp and will be cut due to a salary change or some known football star/franchise player wants more money.
    In NFL Camp…Those players are out there trying to keep their contracts or get a contract, those players will DO anything to you on the field in order to look good to the coaches and owner. That is a hugh risk of your life for money. Those owners through those players away like dead horses.
    Again, it is a lot of money but that money isn’t promised to you.

  • pat

    He’d only get to play for few weeks for money. Then pray to god to get pickd up next season. He went with the steady money

    • tommykimon

      He’s a smart brother, no sense in giving up a stead paycheck.

  • Rod Sterling

    There are so many ex-pro atheletes that I know that are now BROKE.
    Many Lottery winners are either broke or dead within 6 years of winning the lottery.
    He realized that, besides being away from a family that needed him, all that glitters isn’t gold.

    He is a GENIUS!!!

  • Julien

    I Respect that…Ride Brother Ride

  • Littleenglander

    What an upstanding man with integrity. So young and yet bearing so much responsibility. He will make some lucky woman a wonderful husband one day. His family must be very proud of him.

  • M Diddy

    so much for all black men being dumb and worthless.

    bravo to this brother!

  • AHHHHHHSHADDAAAP!!!!

    N*gga, you are really dumb. Dumb, dumb, DUMB.

  • NFL 1st hand

    Very smart black man and Please Stop I love the way you outlined all the real deal behind the NFL. I know all of that to be true for a fact.

  • Machelle

    Wow…Finally someone who makes a good, sound, practical decision..People are under the impression that nfl players are automatically making mad dough…They actually make less than all other athletes..This guy is smart..

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