Football players transitioning into pro wrestlers is quite a common thing, so today were gonna countdown some of the best to do this transition!
Presenting the Top 10 Football Players turned Pro Wrestlers! Some of these you might know already, but some might be a shocker for you!
If you know more football players that became professional wrestlers then feel free to leave a comment below.
Anyways, let's get on to the list!
But before he became the "Ariba Man" as we know him, he first played football in the Canadian Football League. He also tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs at one point in the NFL.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Later on after graduating, he would join the Atlanta Falcons. But after suffering knee injuries he was released. In 1979, Jim Duggan began to wrestle and never stopped since.
He never won a title in his whole WWF/E career but is still one of the biggest names in the company! He won the very first Royal Rumble in 1988 and was inducted on the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Big Van Vader
In 1978, he was drafted on the Los Angeles Rams. The most notable part of his NFL career was being able to play at Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he was forced to retire early on football due to a patella injury.
Vader would then proceed to AWA in 1985 to start off his wrestling career. Since then he has worked for various promotions such as WWF,WCW,NJPW,and many more! He was a 3x WCW Champion.
After retiring prematurely in his football career, Lesnar became a well renowned MMA Fighter and even became the UFC Heavyweight Champion at one point! But in 2012, Lesnar received a huge pop at his return to the WWE!
Fun Fact: Brock Lesnar is the only person to be featured as a playable character in an NFL & WWE video game.
Dick the Bruiser
Then from 1951 to 1954, he played for the Green Bay Packers.
After retiring in football, he wrestled mainly in the AWA where he was a one-time AWA Champion. Dick the Bruiser is probably best known for his tag-team run with The Crusher where they held the AWA Tag-Team Championships in five different occasions!
But at the middle of his career, Nagurski became a pro wrestler and became a two-time NWA Champion beating the legendary Lou Thesz in his first reign! After retiring in wrestling, Nagurski played football again.
He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
He first played for the University of Georgia Bulldogs during his college days. After graduating, Goldberg would then be drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Later on he would play for the Atlanta Falcons as well and had a short stint at the Canadian Football League.
But due to various injuries, Goldberg retired in football. He had hopes of returning to the leagues after rehabilitation but because of his lack of success, he wasn't considered a major asset by any teams.
Then on 1996 Goldberg began training for pro wrestling. Starting 1997 he had one of the greatest undefeated streaks in wrestling history; 173-0. Later on he would have a short run in the WWE and as an MMA commentator.
"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd
He played for various teams such as the San Diego Chargers,Houston Oilers,and Kansas City Chiefs during his NFL career. He's the only person to be inducted in both the American Football League Hall of Fame & WWE Hall of Fame.
Ernie Ladd is considered as one of the best heels of all time in wrestling! He had memorable feuds with the likes of Bruno Sammartino,Andre the Giant,and Wahoo McDanield just to name a few.
He was a crowd favorite during his NFL career and was a part of one of the most memorable moments in football wherein he made 23 tackles in a single game!
After leaving NFL, he proceeded to become a full-time wrestler and wrestled for various major promotions at the time including the WWWF,NWA,AWA,and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.
Wahoo is a universally respected wrestler and is considered as one of the greatest of all time!
Simmons first played on Florida State University back in his college days, where he is considered as one of the greatest players of that team's history! He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
On his pro career, he both played for the NFL & USFL. He was drafted on 1981 by the Cleveland Browns, later on he would play for the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL.
After retiring in football, Simmons wrestled for the NWA/WCW and made history becoming pro wrestling's first ever African-American World Champion! Later on he would go to WWF/E and had a great career there as well. He was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
Fun Fact: During his football run with the Tampa Bay Bandits, Ron Simmons was teammates with Lex Luger!
Hope you all have a fun Superbowl Weekend!