The 5 Best NFL Part-Time Gigs during the Lockout
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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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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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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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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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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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!