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Wrestlers Who Were Once Footballers.

1) King Corbin.

Well before he graced the square circle, King Corbin (real name Thomas Pestock) was an offensive lineman for the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. He went undrafted in 2009 and eventually signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but Corbin was released without playing a game.

He then signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, but he never actually suited up in a game for them. After he was released, Corbin found a steady backup career in another sports industry -- the WWE.

And he hasn't looked back.

2) Goldberg

Goldberg earned a scholarship to play for the University of Georgia Bulldogsfootball team where he served as a defensive tackle. He was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round, with the 301st overall selection, in the 1990 NFL draft.

3) Roman Reigns

After playing college football for Georgia Tech, Anoaʻi started his professional football career with brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) in 2007.

4)The Rock

Well before he played a financial advisor for NFL players on HBO's "Ballers," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson played college football for the University of Miami, winning a national championship on the 1991 Hurricanes football team. He'd later play for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League but was cut two months into the 1995 season. Then he became a wrestler. Maybe you've heard of him.

5) Grene

Greene is one of the only NFL players to ever wrestle on a semi-regular basis while he was still playing football. Teams eventually forced him to stop wrestling by adding a "no wrestling" clause to his contracts. But for awhile there, Greene was using his NFL popularity to aid his wrestling career and vice versa. Had he taken wrestling a little bit more seriously or retired from the NFL altogether to wrestle, he likely would have played a much bigger role in WCW.

6) Ernie Ladd

Ernie Ladd spent nearly a decade in the NFL, playing for San Diego, Houston, and Kansas City. Ladd won an AFC Championship with Chargers and many All Star Awards throughout his career. After football, Ladd turned to pro-wrestling, where he won multiple titles in multiple promotions. Ladd has been inducted into various halls of fame, including the WWE Hall Of Fame.

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