Former University of Pittsburgh defensive lineman Tyrone Ezell is looking to be drafted by an NFL team in the Draft this May, but is reportedly interested in a possible career with the WWE if football does not work out.
The 6-foot-3 and 310 pound Ezell spoke to TribLive and claimed that he was serious about a possible career with pro wrestling if he is not drafted by the NFL. He said:
“It is a possibility. I was thinking about getting into that if it doesn’t work out. That was my first love and still is my first love, to be honest with you.”
Tyrone Ezell would not be the first college football player to make the jump to professional wrestling and as a matter of fact, many of the greats made an impact on the gridiron in college before becoming a wrestler.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin led the WWE through the Attitude era, which generated the highest ratings in the history of the business. Before Austin was raising hell in the squared circle though, he was playing college football for the University of North Texas.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is perhaps the best ambassador for the WWE in Hollywood as he is the only guy in history to see great success on both levels. However, before The Rock was the “trail blazing, eyebrow raising, jabroni beating, pie eating” People’s Champion in the WWE, he was playing college football for the University of Miami.
Bill Goldberg was one of the top stars in WCW at the height of the Monday Night Wars against the WWE. Before Goldberg mowed down 173 straight opponents in the WCW for one of the most impressive undefeated streaks in the history of professional wrestling, he was a defensive tackle for the University of Georgia.
If Tyrone Ezell does pursue a career with the WWE, there are a handful of superstars on the current roster that played college football as well. Roman Reigns played for Georgia Tech, Bray Wyatt played for Troy, and Titus O’Neil played for the University of Florida.
Tyrone Ezell was not invited to the NFL draft combine so if he is drafted, teams will primarily be going off his playing career at the University of Pittsburgh alone. He is not expected to be anything more than a late rounder or possible undrafted free agent, but if the football thing doesn’t work out, the WWE may want to look at him.
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