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  • Updated: February 15, 2022

Dwayne Johnson: College Football to Movie Stardom

Before he became a wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson played professional football - now, with Young Rock season 2 set to follow his football career, many fans want to know exactly why Johnson quit playing football.

As Johnson was born into a wrestling dynasty and became a household name through his role in WWE, it's all too easy to forget that the superstar had a career away from the ring.

However, as Young Rock season 2 will undoubtedly show, the end of The Rock's football career was actually brought about by several unfortunate circumstances.

The Rock's career success has brought him a long way from his football career. While he's at the pinnacle of Hollywood's A-list now, Johnson's time playing football wasn't quite as successful (though still very impressive).

After attending the University of Miami on a full football scholarship and playing for the Miami Hurricane's national championship team, The Rock signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

The Rock's time in the Canadian Football League was short-lived, and he was cut just two months into the season.

Instead of continuing to pursue a football career, the Rock turned to wrestling, landing himself at the WWE, which prepared The Rock to be an action movie star.

Exactly why the Rock's football career ended is a combination of factors, but perhaps the biggest reason was the numerous injuries he sustained as a result of the sport.

According to The Rock himself, he sustained a complete shoulder separation (requiring total reconstruction), a torn Achilles heel, and five separate knee surgeries.

With so many severe injuries in just a few short years of college football, it's perhaps no wonder that The Rock decided to quit.

With The Rock now becoming the superhero Black Adam, it's hard to think of him as anything less than superhuman.


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