Demetric Evans at the Car Dealership
These Redskins defensive linemen have kept themselves busy in the offseason. Phillip Daniels, of course, entered power-lifting competitions. Kedric Golston has pursued NASCAR fandom; look for him at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
And Demetric Evans? Why, he's in Week Two of his summer internship at Infinity of Tysons Corner, naturally. His first few days have included tutorials on the dealership's workflow, distribution of labor and management principles, mostly in one-on-one sessions with the general manager, which would be his first interaction with one of them in a while. Thursday, he'll start spending a day in each department, beginning with the repair shop. Does this mean he knows how to fix cars?
"No, I don't," Evans said. "But that's the Ford Theory. Ford didn't even know anything about cars, but he knew people who did."
So now Redskins players are studying the lessons of Ford? Next thing you know, we'll be hearing the Redskins' thoughts about GM. Ok, bad example.
Anyhow, Evans has never had a "real job," although he's already interned for a TV station in Texas and taken seminars for NFL players at the Harvard Business School and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He's also got an offseason reading list; this year's entries included "Enough" by Juan Williams. His wife has questioned his motives--"she thinks I'm up there trying to get a dealer car," he joked--and almost none of his teammates know about his new job. I suggested his time might be better spent at the beach, but Evans demurred.
"I just want to take advantage of my time; I don't want to linger and let time be wasted," he said. "I'm serious about this; I'm trying to learn. I'm not trying to get PR, I'm not trying to show that I'm not a typical football player. I'm really trying to learn business, I'm trying to learn something other than football."
Which is not to say that he hasn't noticed some obvious differences between life at Redskins Park and life at the auto park.
"It's not a glamour job," he said of the latter. "You go to work, you get your work done, you go home. There's no reward at the end of the day like football: the big game, the TV broadcast, ESPN. There's no championship at the end. It's an every-day grind. It's totally different....[But] I'm an every-day guy anyhow, until I come home with my wife; then I'm a man's man."
Evans said he might want to open a car dealership himself one day, although first there will be more years with the Redskins, more lessons on market-value and perpetually high interest rates.
And besides, "if nothing else comes out of it," he pointed out, "at least I'll know how to buy my next car."
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