Las Vegas Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram has urged the NFL fans and people across the United States to give credit and respect to those people who wake up at 5 a.m. to work during the coronavirus pandemic. Abram, who was the 27th overall pick of this year's NFL draft, says those who wake up in early morning to prepare food for the people across the United States are the real heroes and they "make the country go."
"Let me ask everybody a question," Abram started in his contribution post for The Players Tribune. "Where does your food come from? I’m not being funny. Do you know where your food really comes from? "When you order some burgers on your phone, and 30 minutes later somebody comes and leaves a bag right in front of your door, you barely even think about it, right? We don’t even have to look anybody in the eye and say thank you anymore.
"If you got enough money, your dinner just appears out of thin air, like magic. And that’s cool, don’t get me wrong. That system has helped keep a lot of people safe and healthy during the lockdown. But somebody out there was hunched over a griddle, making that burger.
Somebody’s alarm went off at five o’clock in the morning so they could get to the restaurant before it opened to make sure there was enough lettuce, cheese and tomatoes for the day. Somebody showed up to turn on the lights and mop the floors and meet the trucks and double-check the shift schedules.
Somebody had to prep the food stations and boot up the registers and clean the bathrooms and all that stuff we don’t see. "That’s how your burger gets to your door. Your app doesn’t do that, bruh. People do that.
Abram perfectly understands the efforts of those people
"Somebody’s alarm went off at 5 a.m. and they had to wake up their kids and make them some grilled cheese on the fly before running out the door.
Somebody had to leave their children at home alone before school, and the last thing they said before running out the door was, 'Don’t let me see any dirty dishes in that sink when I get home.' "I know that’s the truth, because that somebody was my mom.
"That somebody still is my mom. "She’s worked at the Wendy’s in Marion County, Mississippi, since before I was born, and she’s still there now. (Probably literally right now, unless you’re reading this on a Sunday, or at three in the morning).
She climbed all the way up from the cash register to become the general manager. And throughout this whole pandemic, she’s kept her store going. She kept her employees steady working, if they were comfortable working."