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WWE stars who played professional football

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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...

Matt Ryan: Pro-files

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Drafted from Boston College in 2008, Matt Ryan grew up athletically talented and a clutch performer in all of the sports that he played. He earned his nickname because of his cool demeanor under pressure.  His high-school teammate’s stated that it was as if he had ice-water pumping through his veins during sticky situations, they would eventually deem him “Matty-Ice.” The teenage nickname would become like glue and stick to Matt Ryan throughout his college and professional football career with the Atlanta Falcons. After his rookie year ceased, it was ultra-obvious that Matt Ryan was an outstanding quarterback that barring injury, was going to only become better with time.  During his rookie campaign, he won The Rookie of the Week Award on three separate occasions, was named NFC Rookie of the Month, and was presented The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.  Since his...

Tony Gonzalez: Pro-files

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Drafted 13th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs, Tony Gonzalez was determined to create a legacy like no other. You see, the first time I heard of Tony Gonzalez he was playing in the NCAA March Madness Tournament against the California Bears. He then played for the North Carolina Tarheels. Gonzalez was a big, athletic forward who could really get up and down the floor. I remember his great hands and the talk of him playing in the NFL. After that season he was eventually drafted by the Chiefs. I don’t remember a lot of hype about that particular draft except about Orlando Pace going 1st overall to the St. Louis Rams and the puzzling 26th pick of QB Jim Druckenmiller out of Virginia Tech to the 49ers. In 1997 and 1998, Gonzalez had very respectable years playing TE for the Chiefs. It wasn’t until 1999, he turned into the Tony Gonzalez that quickly became a household name to Chiefs and NFL...

Matt Ryan elite or not?

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Over the last few years the word “elite” seems to define an NFL quarterback. What makes a quarterback elite? It does not seem there are predetermined factors that allow us to give that title to a player. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, elite or not. While he might not be elite, to those imaginary standards, Ryan had more regular season wins in his first five seasons than any other quarterback in the league. At 28 years old, the future is still extremely bright for Ryan and the Falcons despite the down season they had in 2013. Let’s not forget where the Falcons organization were when they drafted Matt Ryan. The pressure as the third pick in the 2008 NFL draft and the added stress of replacing Michael Vick. While a number of other teams struggle at the quarterback position there is no struggle when it comes to...

Can Julio Jones stay healthy?

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The season might be over for the Atlanta Falcons, but Julio Jones is just getting started as he’s on track to return this spring. Undergoing foot surgery in October, Julio Jones had 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in just five games this past season. Jones continues to show it was worth giving up five NFL Draft picks to move up and select the former Alabama star. In his sophomore season with the Atlanta Falcons he was voted to the NFC Pro-Bowl after finishing with 1,198 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. “He’s a heck of player,” White said. “That’s what we are going to need him to do. For our team to win, he’s going to have to be that type of player and come out there and make a lot of plays.” White was referring to the record-breaking playoff performance in the Falcons’ 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game....