NFL Player, 28, Quits For Another Dangerous Job, Tom Zbikowski says he’s led a charmed life and can now do whatever he wants., Tom Zbikowski was never afraid to pursue his passions off the football field.
The former Notre Dame All-American safety was drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and has also competed as a professional boxer, winning all four of his bouts.
And now that Zbikowski has lost his desire to play football, he has no fear about moving on.
The 28-year-old Zbikowski was cut by the Chicago Bears earlier this year, and rather than trying to get back on a roster, he has decided to walk away from football to pursue another dream. Zbikowski’s brother, father and grandfather have worked as firefighters in the Chicago area and, as reported by the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh, Tom will begin Chicago Fire Department academy training next month.
“I’ve had an extremely blessed life and I saved three-quarters of my money, so I can do whatever I want and I want to be of service to a community,” Zbikowski told Haugh.
Zbikowski’s rookie contract with the Ravens was for three years and $1.66 million. His second contract was a one-year deal for $1.2 million. He then signed a three-year contract with the Colts that would have paid him $5.4 million if he had stuck with the team. Although he only played one season in Indianapolis, Zbikowski received a signing bonus of more than $1 million. He also earned more than $225,000 in boxing. That’s a gross of more than $4 million.