OTTAWA - A few months ago, with a dream to play professional football still very much in his head, 24-year-old Alex Carder was making $12 an hour, cash, to wear a turtle costume, promoting The Thirsty Turtle Sports Grill in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
At the same time, he was also a quarterback for the Nashville Venom of the Professional Indoor Football League -- with his $150 payday for each game, $50 for each win, not enough to get by on.
"It's embarrassing, but I had to have a second job," said Carder. "I was a great turtle. Those first couple of days, I was dancing, going real hard, then I thought, 'This is awful.'"
He was mighty relieved to join the Ottawa RedBlacks in June and, after spending the first couple of months on the team's practice squad, was added to the RedBlacks' active roster this week.