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Former Maryland star A.J. Francis wants to be an Uber driver

Former Maryland star A.J. Francis wants to be an Uber driver
The expression of Maryland Terrapins defensive lineman A.J. Francis, beneath the snazzy patterned new team helmet shows a sense of frustration in the season as The Virginia Cavaliers put it to the Terps in the fourth quarter of the final home game of the season at Byrd Stadium, Nov. 5, 2011. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Former Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis earned three stars from most recruiting services coming out of Washington, D.C.'s Gonzaga High.

Perhaps in an effort to rectify that, Francis is applying to be an Uber driver — a side gig outside his current NFL job that, with a little extra effort, can get him a five-star rating after all.

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Francis tweeted last night that he had applied to become an Uber driver, and after being questioned why by some followers, he responded pretty intelligently.

"People ask me why would you want to be an Uber driver if you play in the NFL. … You know what's better than NFL money? More money."

Well said.

Francis spent the 2014 season on injured reserve for the Miami Dolphins, after stints with the New England Patriots and Dolphins a year earlier.

Given his social media presence and the following he had in Maryland, it makes sense that he's pursuing a gig that requires people skills. As far as fallback options go, it  might not be the most lucrative, but he's right. More money is good.

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