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. Saturday night.
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.
No, it wasn't the Mike Smith who cut Edwards in Atlanta this season, reportedly due to Edwards' attitude problems. Given the Falcons' coach's pugnacious spirit, he might have stood a better chance.
This Mike Smith appeared to be a short, pudgy aspiring pugilist in American flag shorts who, when matched up against the looming Edwards, resembled a bald Little Mac from Mike Tyson's Punchout.
While Smith didn't hang around the ring long enough to show off his fighting skills, let's just say he may not want to start practicing his Oscar speech anytime soon.
By Chris Strauss