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Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray
Edwards, who was released by the team in
November, is one of a line of ex-NFL players to try
his hand at boxing, joining Mark Gastineau, Ed
"Too Tall" Jones and Alonzo Highsmith in making
a transition from the gridiron to the ring.
While those guys had varying success rates in
their careers as fighters, none of them likely had a
fight end like Edwards did in West Fargo, N.D.
The 28-year-old, 6-foot-5, 268-pound Edwards,
who took up the sport during the 2011 NFL
lockout, had compiled a 2-0 amateur record
before facing Mike Smith in the co-main event of
WinterFest Boxing this weekend.