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GTripp0012 06-09-2006 04:29 AM

Two sport Athletes
 
ND Possible First Rounder Going Ali (from collegefootballtalk.com)

ND safety Tom Zbikowski will make his professional fight debut on June 10, Yes -- read that again -- he will fight pro in five days -- for the sum of $25,000. Per his promoter, Top Rank's' Bob Arum, ''Everybody knows Tommy is a great football player. People now realize he started boxing even before he started playing football. Boxing's been a passion for Tommy. He was a top amateur fighter with a very impressive [75-15] record in the Chicago area and now we look forward to him showing his stuff in Madison Square Garden."

Zbikowski is likely going to be picked in the first round of the NFL draft next year, but said he will continue to train as a boxer and be a boxing fan even after he is drafted.

''I know a lot of NFL coaches and owners are not going to like that,'' he said. ''But I really hope to.''

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Zib's an unbelieveably fast safety, and would have a ST like impact for whatever team drafted him. I think his boxing career shows how versatile of a player he can be.

Im a bit biased of course; I do know the guy personally. He was our QB at Buffalo Grove when I was a Freshman (his Sr. year). But still, he's got unbelieveable playmaking skills, and is the best athlete I've ever seen.

He has two years of eligibility left, but will likely get his bachelor's from ND and graduate after this season. If he goes pro in both football and boxing, he would be one of the few modern two sport athletes.

Enough Tommy banter. Are there any other modern two sport athletes (with football as one of the sports) that you can name? I cant think of any off the top of my head at 3:30 AM.

EDIT-Jarrad Page from UCLA was drafted by the Chiefs and the Athletics (I think it was the Athletics).

dmek25 06-09-2006 05:02 AM

Re: Two sport Athletes
 
im wondering if the nfl is going to mind? really cant substain any major injuries other than a concussion. he probably wont be able to continue if he is a high pick

That Guy 06-09-2006 05:28 AM

Re: Two sport Athletes
 
ND's Samardjza is a #1 pitcher/#1 WR... not pro in either yet though.

Monkeydad 06-09-2006 04:46 PM

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Let's hope this guy doesn't confuse the gridiron and the ring some Sunday...that could get ugly really quick. :D

gibbsisgod 06-09-2006 04:58 PM

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will he still be eligble to play football for nd if he fights professionally??

That Guy, you probably know if this is a conflict for him. isnt that the same type of thing that that eagles rookie bloom was going through? he was considered not eligible after he recieved money for skiing.

GTripp0012 06-09-2006 05:37 PM

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[quote=gibbsisgod]will he still be eligble to play football for nd if he fights professionally??

That Guy, you probably know if this is a conflict for him. isnt that the same type of thing that that eagles rookie bloom was going through? he was considered not eligible after he recieved money for skiing.[/quote]As long as he doesn't accept a sponsorship deal, he remains eligible.

That Guy 06-09-2006 07:49 PM

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[quote=gibbsisgod]will he still be eligble to play football for nd if he fights professionally??

That Guy, you probably know if this is a conflict for him. isnt that the same type of thing that that eagles rookie bloom was going through? he was considered not eligible after he recieved money for skiing.[/quote] what GTripp said, NCAA rules are stupid and bloom got screwed just because his parents weren't rich enough to PAY the full cost so that he could represent his country.

GTripp0012 06-12-2006 02:00 AM

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And the follow up:
[url]http://youtube.com/watch?v=4_tlqC5y0Vk&search=zbikowski%20boxing[/url]
Notre Dame S Tom Zbikowski technically knocked out opponent Robert Bell :49 seconds into the first round Saturday night.
Zbikowski first dropped Bell with a flurry of furious left-hand punches. After an eight count, the fight quickly ended after the Irish's starting safety landed a crushing overhand right to Bell's head. We've linked up the YouTube video for your enjoyment. Jun. 11 - 11:40 pm et

Yeah, he'll be just fine.

That Guy 06-12-2006 06:29 AM

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either bell is a total stiff or Zb was right to want to continue boxing...


Zb iss the SS that returns kickoffs for ND isn't he? not very fast, but I remember watching him take one 22 yards for a TD or some such last year...

TheInspector 06-12-2006 12:27 PM

Re: Two sport Athletes
 
The video doesn't show much, except that Bell is a wimp and the ref stopped the fight too fast.

No team will sign him for first round money, unless there's a clause which says he cannot box, or forfeits all money if he participates in a boxing match.

GTripp0012 06-12-2006 12:56 PM

Re: Two sport Athletes
 
[quote=That Guy]either bell is a total stiff or Zb was right to want to continue boxing...


Zb iss the SS that returns kickoffs for ND isn't he? not very fast, but I remember watching him take one 22 yards for a TD or some such last year...[/quote]Commentators don't think he's fast because he's white. Sad but true. He holds the school record at our high school in the 100 meter and has been timed under 4.3 in the 40. He's an excellent return man.

GTripp0012 06-12-2006 12:57 PM

Re: Two sport Athletes
 
[quote=TheInspector]The video doesn't show much, except that Bell is a wimp and the ref stopped the fight too fast.

No team will sign him for first round money, unless there's a clause which says he cannot box, or forfeits all money if he participates in a boxing match.[/quote]I doubt it hurts his draft status, but it will certainly be a big topic of conversation in draft circles if he comes out next year.

That Guy 06-12-2006 06:05 PM

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[quote=GTripp0012]Commentators don't think he's fast because he's white. Sad but true. He holds the school record at our high school in the 100 meter and has been timed under 4.3 in the 40. He's an excellent return man.[/quote]

looked it up, my bad. he ran a 4.42 in college workouts, which is fast for a safety (and not terrible for a corner)


[FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2][COLOR=#000000]"was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 following his performance at Michigan State as he had a team-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and returned it for a 75-yard touchdown and had an interception against that he returned for 22 yards to set up another Irish score."[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

that was in 2004, but it seems to be the game I remember best...

currently rated as the #22 draft prospect, outside of the huge money, so boxing may not be AS big a deal. No one wants a starter risking injury like that in the offseason though.


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