Vikings’ Ray Edwards says he’ll try boxing during the lockout

As NFL players prepare for the likelihood that the owners will lock them out next month, some are considering other means of making a living.

One such player is Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, who says he’s going to be a professional boxer if he can’t be a professional football player. Edwards tells the Pioneer Press that he’s serious about boxing, and he’ll promote his own fights this spring if there’s not a labor deal in place.

“Then I’ll probably fight the beginning of April,” Edwards said. “I’ll start my own promotional company.”

This isn’t an idea that just occurred to Edwards; he’s been talking it up since the start of the 2010 season. The question, however, is whether it’s worth it to him, as a soon-to-be free agent, to risk an injury in the boxing ring when he’s so close to a big payday in the NFL.

Of course, if Edwards thinks we’re in for a long lockout, that payday would be a long way off.

30 responses to “Vikings’ Ray Edwards says he’ll try boxing during the lockout

  1. Boxing is my first love and you simply don’t just decide to start boxing. He would be better off in MMA and he has no chance there but at least he would be able to fight. I started boxing at the late age of 19 and I was 21 before I was even ready for a fight. Most boxers start in elementary school and have had 100s of amateur bouts before stepping in the ring professionally. Even than you have 15 or so step up bouts before getting anything real competitive. There is a reason Kimbo went MMA, you can get a paying fight there without much work, how’s his boxing career going? He won’t ever get on TV.

  2. Poor Ray he just can’t get paid last year he had a career year and with no salary cap he thought he’d get paid. He got a one 1yr deal. Now this year looking for that big payday again and what happens a potetial lockout. At least we know Jerry Jones would help promote it and try to cram a 150,000 people into his joint and another 50,000 outside to pay for his other fiasco. He can fight haynesworth and the undercard could be Ocho against Marvin Lewis. Good stuff

  3. yep now if you dont have enough money right now to carry you through the tide for a year.. you shouldnt be talking.. Maybe Jerry Richardson was being condescending to Ray Edwards

  4. Good for him, seeing how he never made a name for himself while playing on a line with multiple players that require double teams.

  5. Just ignore what he says, this is the same guy that once predicted that he would set the single season sack record and just missed it by 16 or so sacks. But he wasn’t the only one who misjudged the impact of trading for Jar Head Allen. Most of the Viking fans predicted a Superbowl win after that trade and that didn’t materialize either. 50 years worth of not materializing and counting.

    But I would admit to buying a ticket to watch Edwards in the ring. Much like the Vikings, he has little chance of winning, his opponent would beat out his brains if he had any to begin with, and its not like he is going to ruin his football career, if his play drops off, who is going to notice it when the other DE is being paid $70 million to sack no one.

  6. Being Jimmy Smith loves talking smack about Viking players, perhaps he would step into the ring with Edwards and spar for awhile? Didn’t think so.

  7. @ theclaymaker

    You make a good point. Ray was famous for saying that being the 4th down lineman with this group, he should be able to set the single season sack record. Nice thought, bad delivery. Maybe Boxing isn’t that bad of an idea considering he is an average DE that will become a FA and there isn’t a labor deal yet.

  8. What is this, 1980? Boxing? Why doesn’t he just choose street luge…he’d find just as many competitors.

  9. gophersnot says:
    Being Jimmy Smith loves talking smack about Viking players, perhaps he would step into the ring with Edwards and spar for awhile? Didn’t think so

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I would do it, I would dress up like a QB, that way Ray would never lay on hand on me.

  10. Dad got me into boxing when I was 5 and I didn’t stop until 34 after a pro career. Ray, I will give you the best advice I can buddy.
    Box for fun in the gym to stay in shape. Keep up on your football. Stay out of the pro ranks young man. You will be a goldfish in a shark bowl. You don’t just wake up at your age and decide to box. There are 17 year old Golden Glove amateurs who would knock you out.

  11. One more thing Ray….you won’t get paid jack with your experience.Boxing only pays when you get somewhere. Most real managers wouldn’t even sign you except for the novelty of your NFL status.

  12. JimmySmith says: Feb 13, 2011 5:41 PM

    Just ignore what he says, this is the same guy that once predicted that he would set the single season sack record and just missed it by 16 or so sacks.

    if his play drops off, who is going to notice it when the other DE is being paid $70 million to sack no one.
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    More lies from the “living in my mamma’s basement” troll.

    Ray didn’t predict he was going to break the record, he said his goal was to break the record. Obviously, you have no idea what it’s like to set high goals. You need to set them as high as humanly possible if you ever want to be successful at anything. It’s also quite obvious that because you can’t fathom this concept, you’ve never attained success at anything.

    And, if you’re trying in futility to make fun of Allen’s sack production, yeah, he only had 11 sacks in 2010. That’s a low number for him, but having started out very slowly, he did get 10 of those sacks in the last 9 weeks. Since I’m sure you can’t do simple math, Jimmy, that’s a rate of 1.1 sacks per game over the last 9 weeks. But, you’re never one to pay attention to stats that would dispell your lies.

  13. You don’t just ‘try’ boxing. Good grief, you can get killed.

    Read what the Pro boxer said above. Read it again.

  14. gophersnot says:
    Being Jimmy Smith loves talking smack about Viking players, perhaps he would step into the ring with Edwards and spar for awhile? Didn’t think so

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I would do it, I would dress up like a QB, that way Ray would never lay on hand on me.

    Dressing up as Erin Rodgers would be simple. Wear one of his pretty dresses and borrow some shoes from TT.

  15. gophersnot says:
    Feb 13, 2011 9:15 PM
    gophersnot says:

    Dressing up as Erin Rodgers would be simple. Wear one of his pretty dresses and borrow some shoes from TT.

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    Hey Hey — Superbowl MVP Erin and TT sure made Gopher Meat out of those Vikings this year — twice.

  16. A real boxer would punch him through the ropes. Usually the big, musclebound types like Frank Bruno run out of steam in a hurry.

  17. oh Jimmy, you are so fascinated and obsessed with the Vikings, just admit it. It is so clear you would rather see the VIKES lose than see YOUR team win. How sad is that?

    That should tell you something about your world. A world of spite.

  18. He probably plans to take on another amateur boxer or cross sport athlete. Someone around his skill level. People on these boards are blasting him like he is gunning for the champ or something. People here also make the assumption that he’s never boxed before. Don’t quote me on this but I believe he grew up boxing and continues to train for it to supplement his NFL conditioning.

    I like how boxer guy with like comment number two talks about how Edwards couldn’t do this because he started boxing when he was 19 and had a fight when he was 21. Edwards grew up boxing and is a professional athlete in his physical prime, and you don’t think he could do what you did at 21 with two years experience?

    I bet Edwards could beat the average amateur boxer with some training. Obviously he could not defeat a professional boxer but I don’t think he ever said that.

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