Tom Zbikowski

Thomas Michael Zbikowski (born May 22, 1985) is a former American football safety.

He is also a professional boxer and a firefighter.

He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (86th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He earned All-American honors playing college football for the University of Notre Dame from 2003 to 2007.

Zbikowski also played for the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.

Early years Thomas Michael Zbikowski was born on May 22, 1985, in Park Ridge,

 Illinois, the youngest of four children born to Edmund Richard Zbikowski and Susan Lois (née Schatz) Zbikowski.

His siblings are Kristen and Edmund Joseph "E.J.".

 He is of Polish descent on his father's side of the family and of German descent on his mother's side of the family.

College career

Zbikowski played college football at Notre Dame. He made his debut as a sophomore in 2004,

appearing in all 12 games and finished fourth best on the team with 70 total tackles (37 solo, 33 assisted)

 and two forced fumbles. He was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 following his performance at Michigan State,

 as he had a team-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and returned it for a 75-yard TD and recorded his first career interception.

Boxing Zbikowski has sporadically pursued a career as a professional boxer since 2006,

mostly in the cruiserweight division. He has won all 8 of his official bouts, 5 by knockout, all against little-known opponents.

Professional career Baltimore Ravens Zbikowski was selected with the 86th overall pick in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. 

He made the team and played four seasons for Baltimore as a defensive back and kick returner.

Zbikowski practicing with the Ravens in 2008. Indianapolis Colts Zbikowski signed with the Indianapolis Colts on March 16, 2012.

 He was the Colts' regular starting strong safety until he was injured during the 12th game of the season,

Chicago Bears On March 23, 2013, Zbikowski was signed by the Chicago Bears to a one-year deal worth $715,000, 

but was released on August 25 during training camp.