The trip lasted nearly nine hours and cost Wright more than $900 with the well-earned $300 tip for kindly driver Hadi Abdollahian. (Seriously though, hat's off to Hadi, who will skip the five-year waiting period and be inducted right into the Rideshare Hall of Fame later this year.)
Wright, as you might expect, has been doing the media rounds following his wild journey. On Thursday, he spoke with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network's Inside Minicamp Live. Perhaps the funniest wrinkle of this story? When Abdollahian first picked up Wright, he thought he was giving the football player a ride to the local Buffalo Wild Wings.
"Initially that's what he thought," Wright confirmed. "I had to explain to him like, 'Man, we are going to Buffalo, New York, like Buffalo Bills. It's about eight hours away. You sure?' He was kind of like, 'Sir, I'll take you anywhere, anywhere you want to go. This is my job.' And I'm like, 'You sure? You got nothing to do tomorrow? Or like the next?' He was like, 'Yeah man. Don't worry. I'll be there in two minutes to pick you up.' And I was like, 'Thank God. Thank you for that.'"
The long ride gave the two men plenty of time to get to know each other.
"I kind of talked to him a little bit about his life and how he kind of made it to Chicago," Wright said. "When he was telling me his story all I could think of is how the character that it showed that he possesses inside of him to come from another country and escape like seeing his dad get killed and him being tortured, him fleeing and making it and having to come here and learn English, have dreams of being an astronaut.
"He's chasing that dream. He said he doesn't even have friends because of that because that's all that he is focused on is making it and living his dream, making his dream come true. That's a testimony for all of us who are fortunate enough to have family and have friends and have people that can help us through our hard times. He's like, 'I'm out here by myself. If I don't do it for myself, no one is going to do it for me.' And it said a lot about who he is and that was special to just hear that story. It kind of put things in perspective and I tried to get some sleep after that."
Wright pulled up to Bills headquarters at 6:58, two minutes before the start of practice. Did he actually get any sleep?
"I did. I was able to get about four hours of sleep. It wasn't that deep, comfortable sleep 'cause I don't really do well in car while other people are driving and I'm sleep. All I could think about was waking up on the side of the roads or something. One of my worst feelings is falling asleep and waking up in a car accident. So I got some rest but it wasn't like deep, deep sleep."
Damn, I never really thought of that before. The idea of being in a fitful slumber before a calamitous auto wreck has pretty much ruined me now. Great. Meanwhile, poor Davon House has to be bummed he only got one day wearing the crown as The Player With The Best Road Trip Story This Offseason. Competitive in these streets.