Gardner Minshew is one interesting character.
This offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback got out of his comfort zone and into a prison bus.
Since February, Minshew has been living out of a refurbished prison bus he parked outside various locations he visited and trained at all offseason. Minshew detailed his journey in a long Instagram video, where he showed off the bus that featured plenty of 1970s-style flair including a lava lamp, white shag throw pillows and album covers lining the walls.
“I just love the freedom that it affords me,” Minshew said. “It affords me a place to come and focus,” he said. “I’m living at the gym, eat, sleep, shower here. Everything. It’s kind of my own little island here. I love it.”
Minshew spent much of his time parked outside trainer Anthony Tumbarello’s gym in Bonita Springs, Florida, so he could spend as much time working out as possible. He plugged the bus into the gym’s electricity to power his refrigerator, air conditioner and cooktop, showered outside and used the gym’s bathroom.
His workout routine consisted of him waking up and make breakfast inside the gym before beginning his workout at 7:30 a.m., according to ESPN’s Tim McManus.
“Hey, I don’t know any trainer in the country that can say their professional athlete pulled up in a bus and was eating, sleeping and living in the gym 24/7 getting ready for the season,” Tumbarello said. “… Just overall he’s stronger, he’s faster, he’s ready to go. This is the best version of Gardner Minshew, for sure.”
The 26-year-old spent much of the 2021 season backing up Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. He only made two starts and threw for four touchdowns to one interception.
For his career, he has 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.