Working on 50 fallback careers

Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Daniel Seddiqui’s days as a Pelham football coach are over. The 27-year-old strength and running coach resigned Friday after only one week on the job.

Sound crazy? Maybe so, but that’s the norm this year for Seddiqui as he attempts to work a job in all 50 states in 50 weeks.

This is week No. 32, as he works in Georgia before trekking up the East coast to work with lobsters in Maine in Week 47.

This story has interest, not only because it is unique, but because most anyone would admit that they wish they were doing what he’s doing.

A few years back, I had the thought of loading up my car and hitting the road, traveling the nation working jobs I’d never want to work for a living. The purpose would be to see our nation’s poverty first hand.

I’d thought of being a pig or dairy farmer in Minnesota, working fruit farms in California or a meat packaging plant in Colorado. The list went on as I tried to psych myself up for the idea. But I never took the leap.

Now, Seddiqui is living a similar plan, more of a real-life version of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” meets ESPN’s “Dream Job.”

His dream job is coaching on a NCAA Division I level, but now he’ll have plenty of options to fall back on if those doors don’t open.

Those fallback careers now include tapping maple trees for syrup, grooming race horses, changing oil or selling homes.

He carries a camcorder with him, documenting his journey with hopes of cashing in when the journey ends this fall in his home state, California.

Once his 50-week journey ends, the footage could also be used for one, or 50, of those NCAA commercials, that say millions of athletes go pro in something other than sports.

Seddiqui is a former USC distance runner, who was named a national Student-Athlete of the Month in November 2004.

Track his journey online at