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Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Nyheim Hines spent his first NFL bye week preparing for life after football.
Hines, a North Carolina native and a former North Carolina State star, worked at a Bojangles drive-through in Raleigh for a little while last weekend. He handed out orders, replaced some french fries because a customer said they were too cold and got noticed a couple of times.
“I didn’t do anything to mess up the line because it was very crowded. A couple people noticed me, which was very interesting,” he told Andrew Brandt in an interview for BetOnline. “It was really good experience. I think it was something I would do again.”
Hines is a huge Bojangles fan (“I think they have the best fries in the fast food industry.”) and he mentioned in a pre-NFL Draft interview that he’d like to own a franchise someday. (His father once told him, “One thing you can always get is McDonald’s because I’ve never seen a McDonald’s closed,” and he applied it to Bojangles.)
What’s the biggest lesson from his stint on the fast-food line? “I respect the people in the fast food industry. It’s hard,” noting stalled lines for someone’s $100 order and needing to shout an order off a receipt to ensure it’s correct.
“You have to please the people. Some people want extra things,” he said.
He misses Bojangles in Indianapolis. The closest location is in suburban Louisville, Ky. Most locations are in the Carolinas and Georgia.
Hines on the NFL
Hines said he wasn’t initially awed by any particular opponent, explaining that he prepared for schemes against a largely faceless opponent. But at one point against the Philadelphia Eagles, he looked across the line and thought: “Oh my God, is that Haloti Ngata?” Indeed it was. Later in the game, “I ran right into him. We ran a trap, and it just didn’t work.”
On Andrew Luck: “He’s probably the smartest person I’ve ever met. Andrew’s actually a very humble guy. … He trusts us no matter what happened the play before.”
On the fourth-and-4 play against Houston in an overtime loss: “Even though we didn’t win the game, I think it turned us around some,” noting he and many players thanked coach Frank Reich for trying it.