The 5 Best NFL Part-Time Gigs during the Lockout

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IJune 7, 2011

The 5 Best NFL Part-Time Gigs during the Lockout

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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 26:  A day after the NFL lockout was lifted, Charlie Batch #16 and Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers report to the South Side training facility on April 26, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Imag
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    We’re heading into the summer and a major point in the NFL labor dispute where the majority of players might be feeling the impact of not having a steady income.

    Union leaders will implore them to refrain from accepting the demands of the owners, as they must show solidarity and stand together as one. In order to make ends meet, some players have resorted to taking part-time gigs during the lockout. 

    Let’s take a look at the top five part-time gigs:

Reggie Bush: Reality TV Star???

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19:  adidas and Reggie Bush pop into a football practice in Los Angeles to capture game faces as part of the adidas Facebook Game Face contest.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for adidas)
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    The New Orleans Saints' star running back is wondering where he’ll be playing football next fall.

    However this spring he has been in Eastern Illinois filming an episode of the CBS reality-television show “Same Name.” Reggie Bush has switched places with his namesake for one week and has been seen in and around the city of Danville.

    Reports came out that he spent a day working out with a local high school football team.

Hines Ward: Dancing with the Stars Champion!

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to their game against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Immediately after playing in the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward signed up for his new gig. He spent the lockout winning the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars.

    He prevailed despite injuring his partner, Kym Johnson, during rehearsals. She suffered a severe neck injury three weeks before the season finale. Ward became the second NFL player to win the dance competition, as retired Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith won in 2006.

Ray Edwards: Next Heavyweight Champ?

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    SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22:  Ray Edwards #91 of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sidelines during their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 22, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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    Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards won in his professional boxing debut, as he scored a unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson in a four-round bout at a local Minneapolis casino.

    In the pre-fight press conference, Edwards stated that he always wanted to try boxing, and felt with the ending of the lockout in doubt; this was the perfect time to pursue his interest inside the squared circle.

    Some in boxing feel Edwards has exhibited good technique and could contend for the title in due time. He became the second NFL player (Baltimore Ravens S Tom Zbikowski) to fight during the lockout.

Dallas Clark: Television Acting Debut

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25:  (R-L) Dallas Clark of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts poses with brother Dan Clark in the flag stand before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo
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    The Indianapolis Colts All-Pro TE Dallas Clark suffered a season-ending wrist injury that required surgery.

    During the lockout, while rehabbing his injury, Clark made his acting debut on the CBS drama “Criminal Minds“as a San Diego Police Detective. The scene consisted of Clark’s character asking procedural questions during a team unit meeting.

    He feels that there might be a future career in acting once his football playing days are over, as the feedback from Hollywood has been favorable on Clark’s performance.

Chad Ochocinco: Two-Sport Star?

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23:  Chad Ochocinco begins tryout with Sporting Kansas City on March 23, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    It has been a busy spring so far for Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, as he rode a bull for 1.5 seconds during a bull-riding competition and had a soccer tryout with the MLS’ Sporting Kansas City soccer team.

    In his first endeavor, Ochocinco trained with star bull rider Ty Murray for two days before making his debut in Atlanta. His second attempt at becoming a two-sport star hit closer to home, as Ocho played soccer all throughout his youth. He chose to pursue football because it offered a better future for him and his family.

    Were these all publicity stunts to gain attention for everyone involved…child pleease!