Bruton takes substitute teaching job as NFL lockout continues


With a 2009 bachelor’s degree in political science likely collecting dust, former Notre Dame safety David Bruton found a good way to give back to his hometown and keep busy, officially becoming the coolest substitute teacher in the history of Miamisburg, Ohio.

Instead of sticking around Denver and working out with his teammates while the NFL tries to figure out its labor dispute, Bruton is staying close to home, working at the schools he went to growing up and spending more time with his five-year old son, Jaden.

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Bruton applied for and received a one-year substitute teacher’s license from the Ohio Department of Education, clearing him to take short-term assignments in classrooms for students in kindergarten through high school.

“I’m just trying to keep busy,” Bruton said, “and it’s nice to be able to give back to my community.”

His first call came May 12 to split time between two second-grade classes in an elementary school in the Dayton suburb. He was called again Friday, this time to teach social studies and a credit-recovery class — for students who have fallen behind — at Miamisburg High School, where he graduated in 2005.

Bruton went to the gym to lift weights for an hour before showing up for duty, wearing a tie — even though it was casual Friday for school employees — and his eyeglasses.

“He was very professional,” said Tim Lewis, Bruton’s prep football coach and an administrator at the high school. “He looked like he was completely in control, like he’d done it before.”

Bruton received $90 for each day in the classroom, about $10 per hour. Not exactly NFL money.

Bruton, a fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft, didn’t decide to teach for the money. He was growing bored during the months off from football. He was spending more than an hour a day in the weight room, trying to bulk up, and spending time with his 5-year-old son, Jaden, but still found himself with plenty of free time.

Rather than return to Denver to train, Bruton decided to remain in Ohio during the NFL lockout in order to be with his son, who lives in Miamisburg year-round with Bruton’s former girlfriend.

“I got the playbook, I study. But I don’t get much time with Jaden during the season, so I want to spend as much time with him now as I can,” Bruton said.

Bruton’s story is a great one, and you’ve really got to hand it to former Notre Dame safeties for taking advantage of the NFL Lockout.

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