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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2013 02:51 pm
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Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere on the board.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/wwe-looking-to-recruit-cut-players-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-jim-ross-052113

Dwayne Johnson unsuccessfully attempted to play pro football well before anyone smelled what “The Rock” was cooking in pro wrestling.

Jim Ross, a WWE announcer who now assists with the company’s talent-development program, is meeting Wednesday with NFL Players Association officials in Washington, D.C. Ross hopes to develop a working relationship that could lead to the NFLPA funneling players whose football aspirations have ended toward a WWE tryout.

“Everybody doesn’t make the 53-man roster,” Ross told co-host Jim Miller and me Tuesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Some guys are going to be looking for work, and we’ve got some job openings. Maybe we can put the synergies of those two entities together and create something wonderful some day.”

Pro wrestling has a long history of athletes who have made a successful transition from other sports. Johnson, who was a defensive lineman at the University of Miami, had a brief stint in the Canadian Football League before following in the footsteps of his father, Rocky Johnson, by signing with WWE in the mid-1990s.


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Dwayne Johnson, who later branched into acting, has headlined WWE’s past two Wrestlemania events while remaining one of Hollywood’s biggest box-office draws.

Other current WWE superstars with backgrounds from other sports include John Cena (college football), The Undertaker (college basketball) and Brock Lesnar (amateur wrestling).

WWE has made a significant investment in trying to develop younger talent that can follow in the footsteps of those legends. The company recently announced plans to build a 26,000 square-foot training center in Orlando, Fla., where its developmental program will be based.

Ross also said he has spoken with WWE executives about initiating a relief effort for victims of Monday’s tornadoes in Moore, Okla. He watched from outside his home in nearby Norman as the storm swept through Moore.

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Well its smart..football & Pro Wrestling does have a History together.



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bpickering wrote: Well its smart..football & Pro Wrestling does have a History together.

The XFL?

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Super Snott wrote: bpickering wrote: Well its smart..football & Pro Wrestling does have a History together.

The XFL?

Former football players becoming wrestlers.



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The pro football(NFL, CFL, AFL, USFL, and WLAF included) players I know of that became wrestlers:
Ernie Ladd
Angelo Mosca
Bronko Nagurski
Darren Drozdov
Joe Blanchard
Wahoo McDaniel
JBL
Brian Pillman
Bill Goldberg
Ron Simmons
Monty Brown
Lex Luger
Wilber Snyder
Leo Nomellini
Dick the Bruiser
Leon White
Gene Kiniski
Glen Kulka
George Wells
Bob Bruggers



Toss in tons of college football players that went on to be pro wrestlers and there is a precedent. Hell West Texas State alone produced Bobby Duncam Sr., Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Manny Fernandez, Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Bruiser Brody.  Other notable former college football players include Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Ric Flair, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Del Wilkes, Butch Reed, Bill Watts, Erik Watts, Baron Von Rashke, Bill Miller, Bobby Duncam Jr., Animal, Nikita Koloff, Dick Beyer and probably ton more I am forgetting.





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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: The pro football(NFL, CFL, AFL, USFL, and WLAF included) players I know of that became wrestlers:
Ernie Ladd
Angelo Mosca
Bronko Nagurski
Darren Drozdov
Joe Blanchard
Wahoo McDaniel
JBL
Brian Pillman
Bill Goldberg
Ron Simmons
Monty Brown
Lex Luger
Wilber Snyder
Leo Nomellini
Dick the Bruiser
Leon White
Gene Kiniski
Glen Kulka
George Wells
Bob Bruggers



Toss in tons of college football players that went on to be pro wrestlers and there is a precedent. Hell West Texas State alone produced Bobby Duncam Sr., Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Manny Fernandez, Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Bruiser Brody.  Other notable former college football players include Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Ric Flair, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Del Wilkes, Butch Reed, Bill Watts, Erik Watts, Baron Von Rashke, Bill Miller, Bobby Duncam Jr., Animal, Nikita Koloff, Dick Beyer and probably ton more I am forgetting.





you forgot

Big Jim Wilson

Walter Johnson

Ron Pritchard

Kevein Greene

Steve McMichaels

 



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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:
The pro football(NFL, CFL, AFL, USFL, and WLAF included) players I know of that became wrestlers:
Ernie Ladd
Angelo Mosca
Bronko Nagurski
Darren Drozdov
Joe Blanchard
Wahoo McDaniel
JBL
Brian Pillman
Bill Goldberg
Ron Simmons
Monty Brown
Lex Luger
Wilber Snyder
Leo Nomellini
Dick the Bruiser
Leon White
Gene Kiniski
Glen Kulka
George Wells
Bob Bruggers



Toss in tons of college football players that went on to be pro wrestlers and there is a precedent. Hell West Texas State alone produced Bobby Duncam Sr., Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Manny Fernandez, Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Bruiser Brody.  Other notable former college football players include Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Ric Flair, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Del Wilkes, Butch Reed, Bill Watts, Erik Watts, Baron Von Rashke, Bill Miller, Bobby Duncam Jr., Animal, Nikita Koloff, Dick Beyer and probably ton more I am forgetting.





We could add Orndorff and Billy Graham to the list as well. I believe Graham played with the CFL and Orndorff the WFL. I know they both tried out for the NFL, not sure if they made it for any length of time.

I'm all for football players. They have a good history and usually a great work ethic. Plenty of wrestling stars played at the High School level as well.



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Count Grog wrote:
Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: The pro football(NFL, CFL, AFL, USFL, and WLAF included) players I know of that became wrestlers:
Ernie Ladd
Angelo Mosca
Bronko Nagurski
Darren Drozdov
Joe Blanchard
Wahoo McDaniel
JBL
Brian Pillman
Bill Goldberg
Ron Simmons
Monty Brown
Lex Luger
Wilber Snyder
Leo Nomellini
Dick the Bruiser
Leon White
Gene Kiniski
Glen Kulka
George Wells
Bob Bruggers



Toss in tons of college football players that went on to be pro wrestlers and there is a precedent. Hell West Texas State alone produced Bobby Duncam Sr., Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Ted DiBiase, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Manny Fernandez, Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Bruiser Brody.  Other notable former college football players include Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Ric Flair, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Del Wilkes, Butch Reed, Bill Watts, Erik Watts, Baron Von Rashke, Bill Miller, Bobby Duncam Jr., Animal, Nikita Koloff, Dick Beyer and probably ton more I am forgetting.





you forgot

Big Jim Wilson

Walter Johnson

Ron Pritchard

Kevein Greene

Steve McMichaels

 


Ernie Holmes and
Otis Sistrunk

Had brief wrestling careers.

Also, Hacksaw Jim Duggan was a star for SMU and spent a year on IR for the Falcons before being cut.


JYD was on a Packers preseason roster and briefly played in CFL

Orndorff tried out for the Saints as a tight end

Butch Reed was an excellent college linebacker at a smaller school and tried out for either the cardinals or the chiefs.

Lex Luger briefly played in USFL

Doug Furnass was a fullback at Tennessee and did a preseason with the broncos

Of course, the Rock played at the U and
Russ Francis did some wrestling.

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Don't forget UWF storyline commissioner John Ayres, formerly of the 49ers and Broncos.



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Hard Boiled Haggerty aka Don Stansauk played from the Lions and Packers.



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Joe Carollo and Don Chuy both played for the Los Angeles Rams.



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Won't work unless they bring in, "He Hate Me" THEN they might have a chance to make this work.



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BuddyPSHayes wrote:
Don't forget UWF storyline commissioner John Ayres, formerly of the 49ers and Broncos.

He was still with the 9ers when he was uwf commissioner. I found it odd that an active NFL player was named commissioner of a wrestling promotion during his off season.

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