Most people aren’t aware, but many of today’s WWE stars once played professional football. There’s a long list of players who couldn’t make it into the NFL, but here’s a few surprise WWE stars who played professional football.
Bill Goldberg: This WWE star attended the University of Georgia where he played defensive tackle. Goldberg was drafted in the 11th round in the 1990 NFL Draft by the LA Rams and had a stint with the Atlanta Falcons from the 1992 season until 1994. After being cut by Atlanta, he was drafted in the expansion draft by the Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately, he never played for Carolina due to injuries. After retiring, he ended up in WCW and after WCW shut down had a short stint in what is now the WWE.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Probably the most famous name on this list is now A-list actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne Johnson. He played college football at the University of Miami at defensive tackle. He was part of the 1991 National Championship Miami Hurricanes team. Although, he never made it the NFL, Johnson played in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. He was cut two seasons later. After, football he pursued his career in professional wrestling and any wrestling fan can tell you the rest is history.
Ron Simmons “Farooq”: Ron Simmons is in the Florida State University Hall of Fame as well as the WWE Hall of Fame. He played defensive tackle at FSU and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 draft by the Cleveland Browns. After he ended up in the USFL playing for the Tampa Bay Bandits. When his football career was over he went to join the WCW where he would become the first African-American World Champion. Later in his career he went on had success with the WWE and as mentioned earlier has been inducted into the WWE hall of fame.