WWE wrestlers who shone as NFL players

Wrestling in the United States has evolved in such a way that it has allowed the incursion of American football players into the business,

Wrestling in the United States has evolved in such a way that it has allowed the incursion of American football players into the business, especially in , in which sports entertainment is given priority over anything else.

For example, Wrestlemania is compared to the Super Bowl, since Vince McMahon’s company has used stadiums to host the great event. The most recent was held at the Raymond James Stadium, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Likewise, many of the talents who have been in a WWE ring also had a stint in the NFL, or at least in the American at the university level. Also, players have left the grid to go up to the ring.

WWE wrestlers who were in the NFL


The WCW legend was also a defensive tackle for the Rams, a team with which he was drafted in 1990. After that, he went to the Atlanta Falcons and only accumulated 14 games in two years (1992-1994). The Carolina Panthers made him an offer, but an injury kept him from football.

During his stay in Atlanta, Goldberg met Lex Luguer and Sting, former WCW wrestlers who invited him to get into wrestling. months later he became an unstoppable beast with a record of 173 wins and no losses.

Roman Reigns

The Tribal Chief and cousin of The Rock. The current Universal Champion came to the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, but his stay only lasted half a year and he was transferred to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2008 he went to the CFL, the Canadian American Football League, and in 2010 he reached the WWE development territory.

Brock Lesnar

The case of the Beast Incarnate is special, since he already had a contract in the NFL before becoming a WWE superstar. However, after his participation in Wrestlemania XX, he emigrated to American football.

Before arriving with the Vikings, Lesnar went through several injuries, but recovered to play some preseason games. Despite this, he did not get a place on the main roster, so he decided to leave Minnesota to enter the UFC.


Leon White, also known as Big Van Vader, is one of the most recognized American wrestlers in Japanese wrestling. But before wearing boots and a mask, in 1987 he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams and was part of the team that reached Super Bowl XIV.

There are other stars who have passed through the ranks of a team, for example: JBL signed with the Raiders in 1990, Brian Pillman played with the Cincinnati Bengals and Lex Luguer was in the Green Bay Packers.

On the other hand, John Cena and The Rock were part of the university teams of Springfield College in Massachusetts and the University of Miami, respectively, but did not make it to the NFL.

In contrast to this, NFL athletes made the leap to enter the WWE ring. Such is the case with Rob Gronkowski, who made an appearance at Wrestlemania 36 and was even the company’s 24/7 champion.

Another case is that of William Perry, a running back who played for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. After his time in the American, The Refrigerator fought in the second edition of Wrestlemania and entered the WWE Hall of Fame.

New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor got his chance to headline Wrestlemania XI when he defeated Bam Bam Bigelow.