Eagles Q&A: Sanders didn’t last long as his 1st job originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Each week during the 2022 season, we’re going through the Eagles’ media guide to find an interesting nugget.
The Eagles’ PR interns do a great job of filling out these little oddities in the media guides and they serve as a good way to meet the player behind the helmet.
This week, we chatted with Miles Sanders, whose first job was at a Sbarro pizzeria.
Me: Your first job was at a Sbarro. Is that right?
Sanders: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Me: Tell me about that. How old were you when you started?
Sanders: Ummm, I was a freshman in high school, I know that.
Me: Wow, you were pretty young.
Sanders: Yeah, I wanted to get my own money. I was tired of asking my mom for money and she wouldn’t give it with me. Yeah, I had the job … I was 15 … I had the job for about a week. So I couldn’t do it. I was getting told what to do, I didn’t want to do it.
Me: (Laughter) Oh yeah?
Sanders: Yeah, it made me realize 9-5 ain’t for me. I swear to God, that made me grind even harder. I said, ‘I’m not not doing that.’
Me: Not doing that. What were your responsibilities there?
Sanders: Serving and cleaning.
Me: Was it in a mall?
Sanders: Yeah, it was in mall, actually. Monroeville Mall. I don’t know if Sbarro is still there, but yeah, I used to work there.
Me: I remember my sister worked in a pizza spot and she would come home, I used to make fun of here, because she would come home smelling like grease and everything.
Sanders: Yeah, it was real minimum wage. Probably working for like $5 I think. That was about it. I couldn’t do no 9-5, I noticed that right then and there. That was it for me.
Me: Did you have other jobs in high school after that?
Sanders: No, that was my only job.
Me: Then football became the (job)?
Sanders: Yeah, I said I was full-time football. I don’t care.
Me: Every time you see a Sbarro, do you think, ‘Oh man…’
Sanders: Nah, not really. I went into that mall probably this past offseason. I saw the worker that hired me and everything.
Me: Oh yeah? They’re still there.
Sanders: Yeah, I was cool with the owner. It was the owner, it wasn’t like he was just working there. But I knew the owners and stuff, that’s how I got the job.
Me: So they’ve been watching your career?
Sanders: Oh yeah.
Me: Oh that’s cool.
Sanders: Yeah, man.
Me: They can tell people you worked there. Maybe not for how long.
Sanders: Yeah, not for how long. But, yeah, ‘Miles used to work here.’
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