It seems like the NFL and wrestling are conjoined twins because the NFL has had 5 NFL players that wrestled at one point or another. NFL players that wrestled got a huge career boost or career rejuvenation. Here are 5 NFL players that wrestled.
Lawrence “L.T.” Taylor. L.T. is perhaps the greatest defensive player in the history of the NFL. He is an NFL Hall of Famer and the only NFL player to headline WWE Wrestlemania at Wrestlemania XI. L.T. had a match with the late great Bam Bam Bigelow at the worst Wrestlemania of all-time in 1995. L.T. versus Bigelow was the best of the worst matches. This says a lot about the professional wrestling business of the mid-1990’s.
- Bill Goldberg. Bill Goldberg's crowning achievements are in professional wrestling, having only played in the NFL for two seasons from 1992 to 1994 on the Atlanta Falcons. However, Goldberg is the greatest NFL player who wrestled especially so in the 1990’s. Goldberg was the second hottest professional wrestler in America trailing behind “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Goldberg has also won every major world title in the now defunct World Championship Wrestling, with the exception of the WCW Television Title. Bill Goldberg has also wrestled in the WWE from 2003 to 2004 and has also won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
- Steve “Mongo” McMichael. McMichael was a part of the 1985 Chicago Bears NFL Superbowl caliber team and played as their defensive tackle. Steve McMichael got into the professional wrestling business alongside two other NFL players who wrestled, Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White. He wrestled at the worst Wrestlemania of all-time, Wrestlemania XI, posing as a lumberjack. McMichael went to the WCW in 1995 as a color commentator, but he became a wrestler shortly after. Steve McMichael wrestled for WCW from 1996 to 1999, and he only won the WCW United States Championship once.
- Reggie White. The late, great Reggie White was one of the greatest NFL players of all-time, but he only wrestled in one match during the World Championship Wrestling in 1997 at WCW Slamboree. Ironically, he lost to another NFL player who wrestled, Steve McMichael.
- Kevin Greene. Greene was a linebacker in the NFL and played for five different NFL teams. Kevin Greene first appeared in WCW in 1996 at the “Clash of the Champions” alongside Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage days before appearing at the Superbowl as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Kevin Green teamed up with Steve McMichael, but McMichael turned on Greene to join the Four Horsemen. A year later, both men wrestled each other in a match and Greene beat McMichael at the 1997 WCW Great American Bash.