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Ray Edwards ready to start new career

Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:59 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings DE Ray Edwards will start a new career Friday. A career where he’s going to get hit in the face quite a bit.

As we’ve written about before, Edwards will face former kickboxer T.J. Gibson in a pro boxing match. It will mark Edwards’ pro debut – and he reportedly will be getting a $5,000 payday and half the gate receipts for the card at Grand Casino Hinckley in Minnesota.

And he continues to claim that if he doesn’t get more money from the Vikings – or more likely, a trade to somebody who WILL pay him more money – he’ll simply continue merrily along on his boxing career.

NFLers freelancing as boxers
"I've openly said I won't play for the Vikings, because of the simple fact of my backup is getting paid 70 more percent than I am -- there's no way I can do that to myself,” Edwards told 1500 ESPN. “I'd rather do what I love doing. I love doing football as well. But if there's nobody that's going to trade for me, I will be definitely focusing on boxing."

He also talked about Brian Robison, his backup who signed a three-year, $14.1 million contract (as opposed to Edwards $2.836 million tender), and DE Jared Allen – who is in the middle of a six-year, $73.26 million deal.

"I was happy for (Robison)," Edwards said. "He's definitely a great guy. I love the guy off the field, love him on the field. Great teammate. I wished him all the best, because we both were up for contracts. So, I told him that more than likely they're going to keep you because of the numbers situation.

"They're paying Jared. You've got Kevin (Williams), who's almost due for a contract and he's been there forever and he's a six-time Pro Bowler, I believe. I don't know if they're going to try to keep Pat (Williams) or not. It's just a numbers game.”

So, boxing it is – for now, at least.

But let’s be honest. How long will it take Edwards to earn $2 million a year by boxing? Most likely, never.

Perhaps he should just stick to football. Because he gets to, you know, wear a helmet.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:50 pm

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:46 pm

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

I agree with him in the fact that his back up should not be making more money than him. But he will most likely never make the type of money boxing that he is now so he might as well try and work something out with the vikes. But good luck either way ray.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:09 pm

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

what do you expect. these guys to be smart lol?

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:41 am

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

Good plan Ray, now you have figured out how to eliminate those offseason time gaps between brain traumas.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:03 am

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

It's pretty obvious to me that he should stop playing football and stop boxing because he needs to save what few brain cells he has left.  I am so tired of these millionares pouting because somebody makes more money than they do, get over it YOU'RE STILL A MILLIONARE!!!!  I work 50 hours a week and won't even make 3% of what he makes playing football.  It's short sighted morons like this that really turn me off to pro sports in general.  It also leads me to another question, how exactly were these types of guys able to stay in college since they clearly aren't smart enough to know a good thing if it smacked them in the helmet?  I am getting to the point where I am starting to think I will be one of the fans the NFL won't ever get back over this mess just like I refuse to ever be a fan of the NBA again after what happened with the Sonics.  Pro sports are getting to the point where it's borderline comical and it makes me sick.  Ok, done with my rant and at least baseball is somewhat normal aside from a few issues. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 5:52 am

Ray Edwards ready to start new career

 DE  will start a new career Friday. A career where he’s going to get hit in the face quite a bit. 

When I first read this I thought how stupid of him to sit in a water tank and let people try to dunk him into the water byt throwing balls at his head. but then I read that he has signed up to be a human punching bag. Now....THAT's stupid! Doesn't he know that repeated blows to the head is not a good thing. I guess he has ignored all the talk about improving players safety and taking concussions more seriously. 


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