Vikings Defensive End Ray Edwards Will Start Boxing if There Is a Lockout
Many signs point to the owners locking out the players when their Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. The owners reportedly are even seeking to cut the minimum salary for players with fewer than four or five years of experience. It really doesn’t seem fair to the players, but Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards won’t let their actions impede his personal growth.
Edwards, who had eight sacks last year and eight and a half the year before, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press via Rotoworld that he plans on pursuing a career in boxing if the lockout goes through “I’ll probably fight the beginning of April, I’ll start my own promotional company,” Edwards said.
This is nothing new for Edwards who talked about his plans to box professionally as recently as the summertime. Even legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward, with whom Edwards has trained, said the Purdue product moves naturally like a boxer.
It sure would be difficult for Edwards to match the success he’s enjoyed in football in boxing, but with some time and dedication who knows what he can do. And his backup plan sure seems more realistic than Brandon Marshall’s. The good news is he’s making plans for the lockout. More players should follow his lead because that outcome seems inevitable.