The NFL work stoppage didn’t come out of nowhere. And because of that, players like Jimmy Clausen and Tom Zbikowski were ready to fill the void that in their schedules.

Clausen, the Panthers quarterback, went back to college, seeking the 15 credits he needs to graduate. Zbikowski, a safety for the Ravens, went back to boxing – yes, boxing.

Since there’s no telling when the NFL lockout will end, guys are finding all sorts of ways to keep busy.

Some are delving into existing business, projects and charities, such as Bills safety Jairus Byrd expanding a program to recognize random acts of kindness.

Others are cultivating new interests and activities, such as Steelers receiver Hines Ward “Dancing With The Stars” and Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco dabbling in pro soccer.

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