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.