He is known as The King and has a net worth of £ 1.7m – but now Dartstar Mervyn King has started a completely different career.
Since all darts competitions were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the darts ace resorted to the delivery of Amazon packages to make a living.
King receives £ 120 a day for delivering around 180 packages in his new role as a delivery driver.
It is believed that number 21 in the world rankings started his new job in his hometown of Norwich last week.
Items he may have to deliver include his own range of darts, starting at £ 22.99.
The king arrives every morning at 8.50 a.m. in his luxurious BMW M6 Coupé in the depot, which is based on an industrial area.
Then he recharges his van, starts his delivery rounds and ends his shift around 5 p.m.
A colleague told The Sun: “It was quite a shock when a well-known sports star packed his van with packages.
“I can imagine that there were a few players who did a double take when the top darts pro Mervyn King rang the doorbell with a delivery – but fair to him.
“It would have been easy to sit around and do nothing, but he obviously likes the idea of going out and making some money and he doesn’t care who sees him.”
King started playing darts at the age of 12 and reached five major finals during his career when he was crowned world champion in 2004.
It’s a long way from the rolled-up cardboard dart board that his father gave him as a child.
When King was only 13, he decided that he would dream of becoming a professional darts player. Since then he has played against some of the best in the world.
The 54-year-old darts star was devastated when his father died in 2010 and lost shape.
In an emotional moment at the World Darts Championship the year after, his wife cheered him on with a crown in memory of his father.
King is a close friend of his darts colleague Peter Wright, whom he is close to, and the two are often seen practicing together.
He also uses his position to coach younger players, especially the 2012 World Youth Champion James Hubbard.
King refused to comment on his new role as an Amazon delivery driver.
He said, “I don’t really see that anyone is concerned with what I do to be fair. I mean, at the end of the day we all try to make a living.”