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Old 04 Dec 2011, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that Goldberg played football (American football) before becoming a pro wrestler, Brock Lensar tried football after WWE and before UFC. What other pro wrestlers were football players before becoming wrestlers?

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The Rock was a football player before debuting in WWE.
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William Refrigerator Perry

Monty Brown

Junkyard Dog

Ernie Ladd

The Rock


Ron Simmons

Cowboy Bill Watts

Andy Leavine


Ahmed Johnson

John Heidenreich

Husky Harris

Those are just some i know by hard

You should also check out the WWF/NFL Battle royal that was at Wrestlemania 2

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Many pro wrestlers over the years have also been pro football players at some point in their lives. I will list the ones I knew about who that I found while doing research for this article.

Bronco Nagurski Hall of fame pro football player for the Chicago Bears. This big fullback was also a world heavyweight champion in wrestling. The only man to do both to my knowledge. He held the NWA world title on two occasions once beating the legendary Lou Thez.

Steve Mongo McMichael played for the Bears and also wrestled for a few years after his career was over.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan spent a season on the injured reserve with the Atlanta Falcons and may have played in the CFL as well.

Lex Luger played in the CFL, the USFL and the Green Bay Packers (one season)

Paul Orndorff tried out for the Chiefs and Saints as a fullback. Didn't make either team but did play in the World Football League.

Ron Simmons (Faarooq) Was cut by the Cleveland Browns but played for Tampa Bay in the USFL.

Van Vader- Was on injured reserve for the Los Angeles Rams for one season but never played.

Dr Death Steve Williams played briefly in the USFL.

Bill Goldberg Played for the Falcons and Rams and possibly the Panthers.

Brian Pillman played for the Bengals.

Kevin Greene and Bill Fralic both dabbled in wrestling at times.

Ernie Big Cat Ladd- Possibly the 2nd best football player who wrestled, after Nagurski. Ladd played for the Chargers, Chiefs and Oilers in the AFL winning several AFL titles. He is in the Grambling University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ed Wahoo McDaniel played linebacker for the Broncos, Oilers, Chargers, Dolphins, and the Jets. He was traded from the Dolphins to the Chargers in 68 after knocking out two police officers in a fist fight. Played college ball for Bud Wilkinson at the University of Oklahoma. He died in 2002.

Lawrence Taylor- Wrestled Bam Bam Bigelo at WrestleMania XI

Reggie White- Wrestled one match against Mongo McMichael and lost it.

Harvey Martin- Former Cowboy great participated in a football players vs wrestler battle royal at WrestleMania 2. Andre The Giant won the match.

Russ Francis also dabbled in wrestling. If I am not mistaken his father was a wrestling promoter and wrestler himself.

Danny Hodge was a CFL player, Olympic Silver Medalist amateur wrestler, a Golden Gloves boxer and a great pro wrestler in the 1950's.

Monty Brown Alpha Male was a New England Patriot and Buffalo Bill before wrestling.

John Bradshaw Layfield played for the Raiders and in the World League.

Brock Lesnar tried and failed in pro football after winning the WWE world title.

Donald J Stansauk (HB Haggerty in wrestling) played for the Packers and Lions and also was an actor.

Dwayne Johnson The Rock: played one year in the CFL before starting his wrestling and acting career.

Jack Adkinson (Fritz Von Erich) played in the AFL and CFL before starting his wrestling career.

Frank Goodish (Bruiser or King Kong Brody) played pro football before wrestling. He should have stuck with football. He was stabbed to death by another wrestler in a dressing room.

Leo Nomellini was a NFL Hall of Fame member and pro wrestler.

John Heidenreich played for several NFL teams before joining the wrestling ranks. Also an accomplished Martial Artist.

Ahmed Johnson played for the Dallas Cowboys.

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