Ray Edwards: NFL ‘100 percent injury-prone'

Ray Edwards talked about the violence in the NFL when comparing it to his new venture – boxing. Will his opinion on boxing's violence change as he faces legitimate opponents?

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, former Viking Ray Edwards said that boxing is a safer sport than NFL football.

Granted, when you're fighting fat, stump tomato cans who drop from the wind created by a punch and try to sell it as a knockout, his belief is understandable.

Edwards, who was unceremoniously released during the middle of last season by the Atlanta Falcons, has gone back to the farcical sport of low-level boxing. As such, he did an interview with Yahoo! Sports and blasted the NFL saying that injuries aren't just possible, they're inevitable.

"Football is the only sport that is 100 percent injury-prone," Edwards said. "You don't know what is coming, where you are going to get hit, how you are going to get hit. You play for a long time, chances are you're going to tear your MCL or ACL. You break your leg, snap your femur, break your arm, break your neck."

By comparison, he added, in boxing, you're aware of when and where the hits are coming from. Granted, when you face hand-picked, overweight, short opponents that give you a decided reach advantage, the chance of injury is minimized. But, as was so often the case during his football NFL career, it would seem that Edwards got it wrong.

There is no disputing that NFL players pay a heavy toll for their career choice. Few players who had long careers don't pay the price later in life for exposing their bodies to the high-speed collisions that are so engrained in the fabric of the sport. But, with a few notable exceptions (Bountygate for one), the intent isn't to inflict injury on opponents. Is it violent? No doubt about that. Is the intent to maim, injure or cripple opposing players? No.

Hopefully Edwards will eventually face a boxer who deserves to be in the sport, not a procession of Pillsbury Doughboy lookalikes and earn more respect for the sport in which he wants to become accomplished. While he may be accurate in some aspects of the level of violence in the NFL, like so many of his career moves, he seems to have missed the point and has done little to help his chances of returning to the game where his opponents actually try.


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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