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6 wrestlers who excelled at other sports

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Sports requires hard work, talent, and consistency. Professional players who excel in their game are revered across the globe. Pele, Maradona, Michael Jordan, and others became legends in their field of endeavour.

There are few players who excel at two or three sports at the professional level. A lot of wrestlers in the world of pro wrestling also excelled at other sports. They were fierce, competitive, and hard working. Here are six such wrestlers.

#6. Ron Simmons (Football)

Ron Simmons with the crowd
Ron Simmons with the crowd

Ron Simmons was an exceptional football player, who played nose guard at Florida State University. He played a vital role in bringing his team to the Orange Bowl twice. Simmons was such an incredible player that he finished ninth in the Heisman voting in 1979. Later, in 2008, he was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.

In the NFL, he played for USFL’s Tampa Bandits and Cleveland Browns for two seasons each. Simmons started out as a decent player but later faded away in the pro football world.

His professional wrestling career took off when he defeated Big Van Vader for the WCW championship in 1992. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

#5. Marcus Cor Von (Football)

Marcus Cor Von
Marcus Cor Von

Born as Monty Brown, he was a former NFL linebacker who played for Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl XXVIII. Brown then switched his team to the New England Patriots so that he could stay closer to WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. He was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of the Ferris State Bulldogs.

His ankle injuries took a toll on him, and he hung up his boots to pursue a career in wrestling. They nicknamed him 'The Alpha Male,' as he wrestled for TNA and WWE. He was known for the power of his pounce.

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