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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former Falcons defensive star Edwards — who has taken up professional boxing — under fire for shady ending to recent bout; Gamecocks star eyes $5M insurance policy

Former NFL defensive end Ray Edwards was credited with a knockout win recently after resuming his pro boxing career, but the bout was red-flagged by the boxing commission after Edwards' opponent went down without even being hit.

Former NFL defensive end Ray Edwards was credited with a knockout win recently after resuming his pro boxing career, but the bout was red-flagged by the boxing commission after Edwards' opponent went down without even being hit.

FARGO, N.D. — Former Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards is eager to advance his heavyweight boxing career and says he is ready to “smash” either of the world champion Ukrainian brothers, Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko.

But first Edwards, who has a 3-0 record, will need to overcome his most recent victory, which is giving him and boxing a black eye.

After reviewing videos of a Feb. 9 fight at the Red River Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D., state boxing commissioner Al Jaeger announced he suspended Nicholas “Turbo Tax” Capes indefinitely.

Capes, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was a last-second replacement. But he didn’t last a minute in the fight. He hit the deck 13 seconds into the first round after Edwards missed with a right upper cut. Videos of the fight show no evidence of Edwards ever landing a punch.

Boxing promoter Cory Rapacz, who put together the last-second matchup, said just before the fight was scheduled to start the original opponent dropped out. Rapacz said Capes, who is only 5 feet 9 compared with the 6-4, 270-pound Edwards (football roster size), seemed eager and “we all expected him to try.”

Edwards began his boxing career on May 20, 2011, by defeating T.J. Gibson in a four-round unanimous decision at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn. On Jan. 25 of this year, Edwards returned to the Grand Casino and knocked out Cory “Spare Tire” Briggs 39 seconds into the first round. Briggs is reported to be in the 600-pound neighborhood.

Edwards, a fourth-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2006, moved to the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent last July, but the team released him in November. He had 30 sacks in the NFL, but none of them easier than the KO he had against Capes.


S.C. star Clowney seeking $5M insurance policy

COLUMBIA, S.C. — University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney very well could be the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He even might have been the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, if he had been eligible.

And now it appears the talented Gamecock wants to protect his future earning ability. A Clowney representative has contacted an insurance company to purchase a policy worth $5 million, according to FOXSports.com.

There have been suggestions that Clowney sit out the 2013 season to avoid an injury that could cost him millions of dollars. Clowney was on the sideline when teammate Marcus Lattimore suffered a knee injury that certainly will affect his draft stock and could possibly prevent him from playing again.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier dismissed any notion that Clowney would sit out the upcoming season.

Coastal Advisors, the company contacted by a Clowney associate, has experience insuring college players having insured 35 other top prospects in the past 15 years.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Clowney is coming off an impressive sophomore season in which he finished with 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses. He has one more year before he can be drafted.