Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers

The World of football requires not just skill and diligence, but also immense physical power and fitness. That is why, a number of players have been noted to become professional wrestlers after playing football. Yes, it is true that many of the American football players, especially those who have played in the National Football League, have moved on to the field of pro wrestling, where they have been able to show off the power of their physique that they developed during their football years.

In fact, it is not an uncommon phenomenon in the world of football and wrestling, at all. Don’t believe us? Well, here is a list of Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers. Take a quick look to see it for yourself.

Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers

20. Merced Solis

Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers
NFL Players who became Wrestlers

Mexican-American professional wrestler Merced Solis, famously known by his ring name Tito Santana, was an extremely popular wrestler from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Santana attended the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp after graduation and played a single season for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Tito Santana is in the 20th position on our list of Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers.

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19. Alex Karras

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List NFL participants who became Pro WWE Wrestlers

American football player and professional wrestler Alexander George “Alex” Karras, famously known by his ring name “The Mad Duck”, is noted for his role in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles. He was drafted in the first round of the 1958 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions and played 12 seasons with the team in two spells from 1958 to 1962 and again from 1964 to1970. Mad Duck is in the 19th position on our list of Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers.

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18. Leati Joseph Anoaʻi

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Top 20 NFL Participants who became WWE Wrestlers

American professional wrestler Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi, famously known by his ring name Roman Reigns, was a prominent wrestler of modern times. He first became a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team during his college days. He was then signed by the Minnesota Vikings and later moved to the Jacksonville Jaguars and again in Edmonton Eskimos in 2008. He deserves the 18th position on our list of Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers.

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17. Laverne Gagne

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Top 20 NFL competitors who became Wrestlers Superstars

Retired American professional wrestler Laverne Clarence “Verne” Gagne was the former owner of the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association. He was included in the All-Big Ten Team during his college days as a football player at the University of Minnesota. He was drafted in the 16th round by the Chicago Bears in the 1947 NFL Draft. Gagne is in the 17th position on our list of Top 20 NFL Players who became Pro Wrestlers.

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