Tag:Tom Zbikowski
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.14.11: Interest-free loans



Posted by Josh Katzowitz


  • The Panthers will get an up-close look at Ryan Mallett on Tuesday when they conduct a private workout for the Arkansas QB. This obviously is big news because Carolina holds the No. 1 pick.
  • Several teams, according to a report in SI (via the Baltimore Sun) , have dropped the name of Colorado CB Jimmy Smith off their draft boards. Plenty of questions about his character.
  • George Whitfield, who’s coaching Cam Newton these days, tells Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington that Newton is so far from a finished product that it’s scary. He also said Newton’s QB model is that of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
  • According to Ravens S/prize fighter Tom Zbikowski, his next fight is set for March 26 in Atlantic City against the dreaded TBA. So far, Zbikowski is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts. Chances are good that, in a couple weeks, he’ll be 3-0 with three knockouts.

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Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:23 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Ravens S Zbikowski improves to 2-0 as pro boxer

Posted by Will Brinson

Lots of NFL players are probably out -- or will be out -- looking for jobs this weekend. Not Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, who improved to 2-0 as a professional boxer on Saturday night.

Zbikowski picked up the TKO against Richard Bryant in just a minute and 45 seconds on at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and scored $50,000 in the process. "I was looking to get a little more work but you take a win any way you can get it," Zbikowski told reporters. "I know I hurt him with the hook, you could feel the air come out."

A crew of Ravens players watched Zbikowski fight, including Ed Reed, Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Ladarius Webb, and anyone that wasn't there hopped on Twitter immediately thereafter to congratulate him.

"I wanted to get the ring rust off in this fight," Zbikowski said. "Right now, this isn't a second career for me. It's a first career."

He got the rust off alright. And now he's scheduled for another fight on March 26 in Atlantic City. And needless to say, Chad Ochocinco doesn't want to think about getting the ring with him any time soon.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Zbikowski challenges Ochocinco to boxing bout

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Zbikowski
A little social media spat broke out Monday. If anything actually comes out of it, there will be a far better, far realer spat. Ravens safety and cruiserweight boxer Tom Zbikowski told the Dan Patrick Show that the non-teammate he’d most like to face in the ring is Chad Ochocinco. “(Chad) Ochocinco talks like he can box,” Zbikowski said. “I’d let it go … for about 45 seconds. I’d let him know what a real jab feels like.”

Naturally, Ochocinco got wind of this and took to Twitter.
C. Ochocinco
“You wana go nite nite, you want to box me,” Ocho tweeted. “for 1 your feet are to slow and you’ve no hand speed to even be competitive.”

Zbikowski somehow deciphered enough of the tweet to realize that Ochocinco was claiming he could outbox the former Golden Glover. So, Zbikowski called the bluff via Facebook.

“Dear Ocho Cinco . . . thanks for following my career . . . You and me at M&T Bank Stadium, charity four-round boxing match. You wear Orange and Black and I will wear Purple and black.  If we do it in May, that should give you enough time to get ready . . . You game?”

If Ochocinco is game, you can expect to see a pile of gold teeth on the mat within 15 seconds (or 45, if Zbikowski stays true to his word).

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Posted on: March 5, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Tom Zbikowski's boxing not a one-time thing

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski has a March 12 boxing match coming up. If that event in Vegas goes well, there coulT. Zbikowski (US Presswire)d be more fights on the horizon.

Zbikowski was asked in a conference call with national media whether there could be three or four fights in his future.

“I definitely think so,” the 25-year-old said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “I was still a young kid in college and was still pretty impressionable as to what I thought needed to be done being a football player and athlete, which was lifting weights.  That really did not help out my boxing at all.
“Since then, I’ve moved on to being all functional and not really any weight lifting. I’m at about 5 ½ rounds to where I feel like I can fight at my pace without getting tired.”

Zbikowski, a cruiserweight, was an accomplished amateur boxer with a career record of 60-13. While at Notre Dame, he went pro and fought in 2006 at Madison Square Garden, where he recorded a TKO in 49 seconds.

As for what the Ravens think of this? Doesn’t matter.

“They gave me a tender as a restricted free agent, so technically there is really nothing that can stop me from fighting on March 12,” Zbikowski said. “I’ve just continued on training and hope they respect my decision. I think they have and will because they know of my prior experience. They know I was a professional boxer before I was a professional football player.”

Zbikowski said he expects teammates Haloti Ngata, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, Chris Carr, Haruki Nakamura and Dawan Landry to be on hand for his fight next week.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:28 am
 

Zbikowski in a fighting mood

T. Zbikowski will fight again March 12 (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Ravens S Tom Zbikowski can’t play football during a potential lockout, he’s going to keep in shape somehow. Even if it means getting into a boxing ring and winging punches at an opponent.

Zbikowski’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, confirmed to the National Football Post that Zbikowski will return to the ring (he scored a first-round TKO of Robert Bell in 2006 when he still played at Notre Dame) as a cruiserweight on the undercard of the March 12 Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga fight card in Las Vegas.

His opponent is the dreaded TBA.

"The lockout is a motivating factor for Tommy and he does love boxing," Ralph Cindrich told NFP. "He loves football more. This came up because of the lockout and he wanted to keep active. It does go a long way to keep you in better condition.

"In Tommy's case, it's his way of wanting to stay competitive. He's a great kid. The guy trains hard and he's tough. I don't know how this throws him off that much as far as football. It just builds him up that much. He's got tremendous upper body strength, leverage and speed."

Zbikowski’s boxing license still has to be approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but that shouldn’t be a problem.

The Ravens issued an original round tender on Zbikowski, a restricted free agent, for the former third-round pick. But since he hasn’t signed it, he’s a free agent and can fight all he wants.

In his pro debut vs. Bell, Zbikowski had little problems, forcing the referee to stop the fight after just 49 seconds. You can watch the fight in the video below. It’s an impressive pro debut against an opposite who was equally unimpressive. I imagine we'll see more of the same (Zbikowski beating up on a tomato can, that is) in just a few weeks.



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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons


Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jets @ Lions

Everyone is healthy and had full practice participation this week for the Jets. (How often does that happen for a team in November?) The only starter missing from the Lions this Sunday will be safety C.C. Brown. Third-round rookie Amari Spievey (a converted corner) will make his first NFL start in Brown’s place.
D. Stallworth (US Presswire)
Detroit’s two most athletic offensive players, Calvin Johnson (shoulder) and Jahvid Best (knee) are both probable. So are the two most athletic defensive players, LB DeAndre Levy (ankle) and S Louis Delmas (ankle).

Dolphins @ Ravens

Veteran safety Yeremiah Bell, one of the sounder open-field tacklers in the NFL outside the numbers, is questionable with a toe injury. If he can’t play, either Tyrone Culver or Reshad Jones will start.

The Ravens will be missing a safety of their own – Tom Zbikowski (out with a foot). Fortunately, they recently got Ed Reed – the 88th best player of all-time, according to the NFL Films Top 100 – back. Making his season debut for Baltimore will be wideout Donte’ Stallworth, who has been out with a foot. Of course, with T.J. Houshmandzadeh having come aboard, it’s hard to imagine Stallworth getting many balls thrown his way.

Patriots @ Browns

Are there two coaches more deceptive with injury news than Belichick and Mangini? Belichick is telling us this week that S Patrick Chung (knee) and WR Deion Branch (hamstring) are both questionable. He told us the same thing last week. Chung sat in Week 8 while Branch played. Both guys were in full pads for Friday’s practice.

LB Brandon Spikes was limited in practice with a knee injury, though he’s probable. Spikes has been a very solid first and second down player in his first NFL season thus far. RB Fred Taylor (toe) and S Jarrad Page (calf) are both out again.

Both of Mangini’s veteran quarterbacks continue to nurse high ankle sprains (Seneca Wallace is questionable; Jake Delhomme is doubtful). Three of the team’s best run-defending front seven players were limited in practice and are questionable: LB Matt Roth (hamstring), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and DE Kenyon Coleman (knee).

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 3:53 pm
 

The Ravens have missed Ed Reed

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Count the return of Ravens FS Ed Reed as an unmitigated success.

Baltimore’s most-important defensive back – one of the most important players on his team – made his 2010 debut after he came off the Physically Unable to Perform list this week following offseason hip injury. He looked like he hadn’t missed any time at all. Entering the fourth quarter, he’s recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble.

The rest of the secondary has struggled today against Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Reed has been a steadying force. After his second pick, though, he went to the locker room limping a bit.

With backup Tom Zbikowski out with a heel injury, the Ravens briefly turned to Haruki Nakamura to play FS before Reed returned to the game.

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