By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to a report on the WWE Backstage show on FS1, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is nearing an agreement with a former NFL star. This player is considered one of the best tight ends of all-time before his retirement.
Rob Gronkowski is close to signing to become a superstar within the WWE Universe. This is not a surprise, as the WWE has had Gronk out at events in the past, including an interaction with him and Jinder Mahal at WrestleMania several years back.
His close friend is already in the WWE. That’s Mojo Rawley, whose real name is Dean Muhtadi.
He is a former defensive lineman, who went undrafted following the 2019 NFL Draft after playing for the Maryland Terrapins. He then signed with the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals, but never appeared in an NFL game.
This announcement comes nearly one-year after his NFL retirement announcement on March 24, 2019. He retired from the NFL at 29 after nine seasons in the league.
He said that the last season of his career was miserable.
“I was not in a good place,” Gronkowski said. “Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life… I could play right now if I wanted to play. I’m feeling good. Physically, I could do it. Mentally-wise, desire-wise, it’s not there… I am very satisfied with where I am in life right now.
“I truly believe going through those tough times, nine years, off the field, on the field, has brought me to this point. I believe I’m on the right path in my life.”
The WWE has went into the football industry for years now to get people, who did not have successful careers, then developed into WWE Superstars. The Rock is one of the most famous to do this.
Dwayne Johnson signed in the Canadian Football League after playing with the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes) He was eventually cut by the Calgary Stampeders two months into the season.
Brock Lesnar also signed with the WWE after a failed NFL career. He was undrafted following the 2004 NFL Draft.
He then signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but never played in a game for the team.
Right now in the WWE Universe, besides Lesnar, who appears on a limited basis, Baron Corbin, whose real name is Thomas Pestock, dabbled with the NFL after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Pestock signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and then signed with the Arizona Cardinals and spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the team. But never played in an NFL.
Roman Reigns — whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i — also signed with the company following a failed NFL career. He was undrafted following his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets career.
He then signed with the Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars, but never played in a game with these teams. He did; however, spend the 2008 season with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Now, Reigns is one of the biggest names in professional wrestling. He has also headlined several WrestleMania in recent years.
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