Apparently Shareece Wright should purchase stock in the ride-sharing service Uber. Wright, a cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, was stranded in Chicago in June and, when faced with the prospects of missing out on a voluntary team practice, called on Uber to deliver him to the team’s practice facility—for a cost of $932.08 with a $300 tip added in.
Remarkably, four months later, Wright’s teammate, wide receiver Brandon Reilly, was faced with a similar dilemma last weekend after traveling to Omaha during the Bills’ bye weekend.
Reilly, a member of the Bills practice squad who went undrafted as a rookie out of Nebraska, found himself stranded in Chicago after his flight into the Windy City was delayed.
By the time the flight finally arrived in Chicago Sunday night, Reilly had missed his connecting flight to Buffalo and was faced with a difficult decision: rent a car and make the 550-mile trek back to Western New York himself, or follow in Wright’s footsteps and try for an Uber back to Buffalo.
"I was pretty tired," Reilly told reporters in the Bills locker room Monday. "I remembered talking to Shareece about his trip, so I'm like, 'I'll give it a try.' The third driver finally took it."
Much like in Wright’s case, the driver who finally agreed to give Reilly a ride believed the wide receiver had incorrectly entered his final destination, but after discussing the situation with Reilly, the driver agreed to the ride.
With an 8 a.m. team meeting looming Monday morning, Reilly knew time was of the essence, and, thankfully for Reilly, the driver told Reilly “I’ll get it done,” when told this fare would require a trip to Orchard Park.
For a cost of roughly $650 (which was raised to $900 after Reilly left a $250 tip), Reilly made it to the team’s practice facility at 7:15 a.m. Monday, with 45 minutes to spare before the meeting.
What did Wright think of Reilly’s unorthodox method of getting back to the team?
"It was awesome, I guess, that he thought about me," Wright said. "Kind of made his life a little bit easier. Like, 'If Shareece did it, I can do it now.' We don't want a trend of doing that, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I'm happy he made it here on time.”
Will this be the last time a Bill turns to Uber for a ride home from Chicago?