Through the years we have witnessed several NFL players’ transitions into wrestling.
Guys like Steve McMichael, Brian Pillman, Goldberg, and the great Ernie Ladd all managed to successfully cross over.
However, only a few wrestlers have attempted to do the opposite. In fact, only one name comes to mind, and that name is Brock Lesnar.
Even though Lesnar's head was in the right place, he was not nearly up to snuff for the NFL and was relegated to the sidelines and later released. Now, in 2013 former Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine is attempting to do what Lesnar couldn't.
According to Alex Marvez at FOXSports.com:
Andy Leavine – the winner of WWE’s 2011 Tough Enough competition for aspiring grapplers – returned to his football roots on Thursday by working out with other college prospects at his alma mater. New Golden Panthers head coach Ron Turner allowed Leavine, who played on FIU’s offensive line from 2006 to 2010, to participate along with potential draft prospects.
“I haven’t played for three years but I know what I can do athletically,” said Leavine, who claims to have done 43 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press during his pre-pro day workouts. “I know if you put me in front of somebody I can tear them apart. I’ve still got it in me.
Granted Leavine is only 25, but if he wasn't good enough three years ago, chances are he isn't going to be now. Don't get me wrong, I am hopeful that Leavine will be able to achieve his dream. However the NFL can be grueling and, much like wrestling, is very demanding.
So if he couldn't last in the WWE, he probably won't be able to hang in the NFL. Keep in mind, Leavine was only a part of WWE's developmental for less than a year. Unfortunately, the massive grappler never realized his potential and was cut several months after his signing.
Overall, it appears that Leavine knows his place and realizes that this may not come to fruition. According to Marvez: "Leavine knows that being signed by an NFL franchise is a long shot at this point, but he would welcome an opportunity with a Canadian Football League team."
In the end, we may not have seen the last of Leavine, and only time will tell if he what will become of him.