Professional wrestling is more than just a passion for Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker as he settles in next to the microphone—preparing for what is billed as, "the only pro wrestling show hosted by a NFL player and weight-loss champion."
The show, 4th and Pain, airs on 106.7 The Fan in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., region and Carriker, along with radio veteran Chuck Carroll, approach the one-year anniversary of their show devoted to all things WWE and NFL news from time to time.
Throughout the 2012 NFL season, Carriker and Carroll, awarded WWE-style champion title belts to their selection of the Redskins' player of the week. Some of his fellow Redskins have become big fans of the show and recognize and relish the title belts awarded by the radio tag team.
Carriker, a hulking 6'6", 305-pound former first-round NFL draft pick in 2007, and co-host Carroll who is 5'6" and and weighed 420 pounds before gastric bypass surgery in September 2009, are the "Mutt and Jeff" of radio.
Carroll went on to lose 250 pounds following successful surgery and remains an advocate for good health and nutrition.
Carriker claims—without any hesitation—that he has the "largest arms on the D-line" according to his official Twitter page.
As the popularity of their radio show grows, so has the enthusiasm for WWE among fellow Redskins.
Last week, running back Alfred Morris, wide receiver Pierre Garcon, linebacker London Fletcher and offensive lineman Adam Gettis joined "4th and Pain" in predicting the outcome of WrestleMania 29.
While Carriker is known as the quote-unquote expert, he was bested by Gettis last weekend—correctly picking six of nine wrestling matches. Garcon, Carriker and Carroll correctly predicted five. Morris and Fletcher each chose four correctly, according to 4thandpain.com.
Best of all, Carriker's fellow players appreciate the recognition the radio duo pays them in their selection of the Redskins' player of the week and proudly pose for pictures with the title belt.
Morris was named "4th and Pain Champion" and awarded the WWE-style belt the most last season with four selections. Pierre Garcon won the first belt, and Fletcher was recognized once with the coveted prize.
Robert Griffin III was also awarded the belt following his 2012 NFL Week 11 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, RG3 completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, threw four touchdowns and had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3.
Carriker missed almost the entire 2012 NFL season after injuring his right knee in Week 2 which required surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list.
Hopefully, his enthusiasm for wrestling will return—along with him—as he returns to active duty with the team during offseason training activities which begin April 15.