NFL star’s amazing $1200 Uber ride

ubersWHEN an Uber driver unknowingly picked up this NFL star, a trip he thought was just across town ended up being 858km.

AN UBER driver in America recently accepted a ride to take a passenger from the Chicago airport to local restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings Grill.

Only he had misunderstood the request, with the passenger actually wanting to go on an 858 kilometre Uber ride from Chicago to Buffalo.

Unbeknown to the driver, Hadi Abdollahian, the passenger was NFL star Shareece Wright and he needed a way to get to Buffalo Bills’ voluntary workouts because no flights were available.

“He told me Buffalo and I thought he meant Buffalo [Wild Wings] grill,” Abdollahian told The Washington Post. “So I said, ‘Yeah, for sure’.”

When Wright entered the actual destination from the back seat of the car, Abdollahian quickly learnt the drive wouldn’t be a quick trip across city to the restaurant.

He could have politely declined the fare, but said he had already agreed to the lift and promised to get the NFL star to his training camp.

“I promised him on the phone, so I said, ‘let’s hit the road’,” he explained.

According to a screenshot of the Uber receipt shared by Wright, the trip pair left at 10:59pm and arrived at the Bills practice facility before 7.00am.

And while the trip itself only cost $A838.64, Wright tipped the driver $A397 for his huge effort.

What makes the ride even more impressive was the fact Abdollahian had no idea who his passenger was until the eight hour drive was well and truly under way.

“He introduced himself and said he was a football player,” he said.

“I loved his company … we had a great time.”

The driver said his was surprised when Wright called him again to let him know he had shared the trip on social media, but hoped it wouldn’t be the last time the pair spoke.

“We didn’t have time to talk about the future but I’m pretty sure we’ll meet up,” he said.

To ensure Abdollahian wasn’t too out of pocket, Buffalo Bills sponsor BlueRock Energy matched the $A1235 fare to thank him for his service.

While he was happy to have his fare home covered, Abdollahian said it wasn’t expected.

“Honestly, I’m more excited … because of Mr Wright,” he said. “I’m his friend just for taking him to New York. This is more than enough for me.”

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