The NFL (National Football League) and boxing are both extremely popular sports in the United States. The NFL is the highest level of professional American football and has a huge following, with millions of fans tuning in to watch games every week during the season.
Boxing, on the other hand, is a classic sport that has been around for centuries and has a rich history in America. Despite its declining popularity in recent years, boxing still has a dedicated fan base and attracts huge crowds for major events. The combination of NFL players turning to box adds another level of excitement for fans of both sports, as they get to see their favorite football stars compete in a new arena.
5 NFL Players Turned Boxers
- Chad Johnson: The former NFL wide receiver, also known as Chad Ochocinco, stepped into the boxing ring in 2017 and had one professional bout.
- Greg Hardy: The former NFL defensive end made his professional boxing debut in 2018 and has since amassed a 6-2 record.
- Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson: The former NFL linebacker made his professional boxing debut in 1986 and fought several notable opponents, including Hector “Macho” Camacho.
- Roy Jones Jr: The former NFL linebacker played briefly for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1990s, but is better known for his successful professional boxing career, which saw him become a multiple-weight world champion and win numerous awards and honors.
- Bob Sapp: The former NFL defensive tackle made the transition to professional boxing in 2003 and went on to become a popular kickboxer and mixed martial artist.