The players live in Canada, and have second jobs. Meet your Panther City Lacrosse team.

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Imagine Luka Doncic working at a bakery in between Dallas Mavericks games. Or Dak Prescott teaching history to middle schoolers in his native Louisiana as he prepares for the Dallas Cowboys game in Washington.

Both are equally stupid and preposterous scenarios, but the norm for a Ryan Benesch.

Benesch is one of the best players in the history of his professional sports league, and in between games he works for his hometown in another country.

He’s a forward for the Panther City Lacrosse Club, and he doesn’t live in Fort Worth. Or Dallas. Or Texas. Or the United States.

In the rapidly growing National Lacrosse League, Benesch’s scenario is perfectly normal.

The league’s players are from a different era of professional sports, when football and basketball players had no choice but to have second jobs.

In the NLL, all of the players and coaches are doing something else to make it all work.

On Friday night at Dickies Arena, the Panther City Lacrosse Club will make its home debut with a game against the Vancouver Warriors. The expansion franchise began its inaugural season last week with a 12-11 loss at Philadelphia.

Unless you are deeply educated in the world of pro lacrosse, you likely don’t know that most of the players playing for your hometown team not only are not from the area, or America, but also don’t even live in town during the season.

Most of the players who play in the NLL are from, and reside in, Canada, which is effectively the birthplace of indoor lacrosse.

Most of the players who play for Panther City were scheduled to arrive in town for their first home game on Thursday morning.

Head coach Tracey Kelusky, and his assistants, were scheduled to arrive from Canada to DFW on Wednesday.

Twenty-two players on the team were scheduled to fly in from Canada, or Buffalo, into DFW to play the game.

The team currently features five players on its roster who live in Fort Worth; these guys all work for the team in another capacity, such as community relations.

The head coach runs a travel lacrosse program in Canada.

The standard schedule for a Panther City lacrosse player for a game on Friday night: Fly in town for a home game on Thursday.

Practice for two hours on Thursday evening at Game On Sports Complex. A one-hour shoot-around on Friday morning.

Play the game Friday night. Return to their respective cities of residence on Saturday morning in time for their day jobs.

Do it for 18 weeks of the regular season schedule.

This is after what amounted to a five-week training camp of four weekends in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb near Toronto, and one weekend in Fort Worth.

These are all professional athletes who belong to a sports union. Even the best players have another job.

“We have to,” Benesch said. “It’s just a part of it.”

Benesch is 36 years old and ranks seventh in scoring in league history, and in the top 10 in points.

He’s married to Jaide, and the couple recently had their first child, a son.

When he goes home to Kitchener, Ontario, he works around the city near Toronto doing necessary jobs to keep the town running.

Panther City’s first ever goal scored came from Travis Cornwall, whose first job is as a math and physics teacher.

Forward Phil Caputo is a long haul truck mechanic. Team captain Chad Cummings is a flight instructor.

Among the other jobs held by Panther City players include physical therapist, carpenter, engineer, inside sales for mutual funds, and bank fraud analyst.

“All of us have jobs that know our schedules and work with us. I know for me they’re great about it,” Benesch said. “There is no other way to do it.”

It’s not uncommon for players to run into travel nightmare stories as they try to make the game, or return home.

Of the 14 teams in the NLL, five are in Canada, as far west as Vancouver and all the way east to Halifax. There are four teams in New York.

Because flying in North America during the winter can be an obstacle course of potential delays, it’s not abnormal that players miss games because of travel. Or they don’t return home in time for work.

They all do it because the game is so much fun. It’s not for the money.

College football players will soon make more than pro lacrosse players. If they aren’t already.

NLL players make between $35,000 to $70,000. Although they do belong to a union, some players can negotiate certain perks that compared to other pro sports contracts would be offensive.

A player may negotiate to have his own hotel room rather than room with a teammate. Players have been known to negotiate for extra equipment, maybe a few more jerseys, or sticks, or shoes. Either to keep, or to donate back home.

All of it is rather charming, and has kept the professional athletes and coaches who are involved in the NLL humble, endearing and approachable.

Because all of the players and coaches, once the game is over, have to get back to their day jobs.