The former NBA great said that he realizes it’s an unexpected choice of occupations; but he seems to be enjoying life after basketball
"All I do is work out and lift weights all the time. I was in the weight room and a couple guys were talking saying, 'Man, I tell you what's a good job? A couple of my friends' wives they're crossing guards.'
So I heard them and I said, 'That's something I want to do,'" Dantley says.
Dantley is working one hour every day hour at Eastern Middle School and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, both of which are located in Silver Spring.
He started his new job in Sept. 12 and says that some of the kids’ parents still recognize him from his former glory days. The 6-foot-5-inch crossing guard said that:
"It's pretty fun, especially with the little ones."
Dantley is earning $14,685.50 per year in his new occupation. He said he took the job for the health benefits.
He also said that he doesn't really need the money and enjoys spending his days “giving the young children high fives and encouragement.”
Dantley said that he plans on sticking with the crossing guard gig for the next 20 years.
"I could sit around the house. I could do that, I don't want to do that," he says.
Adrian Dantley spent 15 seasons in the NBA, including seven as a member of the Utah Jazz. A forward/guard and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
In 2010, he was appointed acting head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the absence of stricken head coach George Karl.