Not long after the sun rises, Adrian Dantley suits up. If the name rings a bell, it should.
Dantley is a D.C. native who was a standout at DeMatha Catholic High School and at the University of Notre Dame before scoring NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
He's 58 years old and retired now.
"I was working out and this one guy said [talking to somebody else], 'You know what? I know what's the perfect job for you.' He said crossing guard. That way you can spend some time with the kids and do something for the community," Dantley recalls.
In September, Dantley stepped into the role of crossing guard in Montgomery County.
Dantley says the reaction from kids: "They told me that I was probably the biggest, tallest crossing guard in the United States. I said maybe."
At 6’5”, Dantley is hard to miss. He is a commanding presence in an intersection. He knows this is different from guarding somebody on the basketball court. At New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, he's guarding lives.
"When I go out there on the corner, I'm real focused,” Dantley says. “My goal is as long as I work here, a kid will never get hit.”
He says many drivers are distracted by their cell phones.
Dantley says he's not one of those professional athletes who wastes money and ends up in the poorhouse. He now earns $14,000 for his crossing guard work. He admits that he loves having county health insurance.
"Last year when I didn't work, I paid $17,000 for health insurance,” says Dantley. “People say I'm cheap and I've got a reputation, but that's one bill I really don't like.”
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