Former NBA Star Adrian Dantley Works As ... A Crossing Guard

Adrian Dantley crossing guard
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Former NBA star Adrian Dantley has probably made one of the most dramatic career changes among his friends: The Hall of Famer is a Maryland crossing guard, earning just $14,000 a year.

Radio station WTOP in Washington, D.C., reports that Dantley a former star for the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons, started working as a crossing guard in September. He works an hour a day at Eastern Middle School and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.

It's not because he's broke, either. According to the sports site, Deadspin, Dantley -- an Olympic athlete and former NBA guard-forward -- wanted the medical benefits. Dantley, 58, still lives in the home he purchased for $1.1 million in 1990 and was known for being a penny-pincher, according to Deadspin, but the NBA apparently doesn't provide its former athletes with medical benefits. "He's not just going to sit around," a Dantley "associate" tells Deadspin, "and he just doesn't want to pay health insurance."