It's Sunday, which is a national holiday of sorts to millions of Americans. This doesn't involve many going to church, but the stadiums of their local football teams does act as a sort of cathedral for our country's obsession with pro football. Televisions are stuck on games throughout the day, millions of dollars are wagered on the results of games and tons of social media updates surround the topic of team loyalty or a player on a fantasy football team.
With the craze that football has over Americans and the barbaric dangers that the sport can have, it is pretty unusual to see the ties between football and professional wrestling. Major wrestling events have included football players in the past and been held in football stadiums. Ties between the two entities are made constantly as football often can feel like a storybook script, while wrestling literally is. A few weeks ago, controversy in football was compared to a wrestling storyline. It also isn't much of a stretch to see Vince McMahon portrayed as a similar authority figure to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
It's no wonder that football players have been seen at wrestling events and some ex-football players have attempted to join WWE as performers. A football player seems like an ideal type of talent that WWE would be looking to sign as football players deal with a very dangerous sport that involves a lot of charisma, as well as finesse and strength. In the old days of football, some players would wrestle during the off-season for extra money.
As we attempt to combine the most dangerous sport in America today with the dangers of sports entertainment (refrain from the XFL jokes, please), here are ten former pro football players that have all made it in pro wrestling.