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NFL suspends Buffalo Grove grad Zbikowski for drug violation

Bears receiver BrandMarshall is brought down by Colts safety Tom Zbikowski second quarter Chicago Bears 41-21 wover Indianapolis Colts Sunday

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is brought down by Colts safety Tom Zbikowski in the second quarter of the Chicago Bears 41-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday September 9, 2012 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Tom Zbikowski, who was waived by the Chicago Bears at the end of the preseason, has been suspended four games for violating the National Football Leagues’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 2003 Buffalo Grove High School standout starred at Notre Dame and was a third-round pick by Baltimore in the 2008 draft. Zbikowski appeared in 64 games with 25 starts over five seasons with the Ravens from 2008 to 2011, and Indianapolis in 2012.

Born in Park Ridge and raised in Arlington Heights, Zbikowski signed with his hometown Bears in March. He had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $715,000, according to a league source. He has not signed with another team.

At Buffalo Grove, he was a dual-threat quarterback, setting several school records. The two-time Great Northwest selection set school career records in points (274), touchdowns (45), rushing attempts (406), rushing yards (2,657) and passing attempts (484). His 23 rushing TDs last fall also set a single season record.

Zbikowski led the Bison to a 21-3 record, twice reaching the Class 7A quarterfinals before he graduated in 2003.

He was a two-time All-American at Notre Dame (2005-2006), distinguishing himself as a safety and returner. Zbikowski also enjoyed a long and successful amateur boxing career, before fighting in a handful of professional bouts.



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