Like a lot of stars, the Rock has come a long way. And it wasn’t always easy.
Just named the “Sexiest Man Alive,” Dwayne Johnson (aka the “Rock”) was born in California and was raised in Hawaii….. but the one time Calgary Sun Sunshine Boy does have a Canadian connection AND some Canadian blood!
He was recruited heavily in Division I College Football and decided to take a Scholarship to play ball as a Hurricane at Miami.
After graduating from the University of Miami in 1995 (criminology and physiology) Johnson hoped to begin a career as a Pro and he signed with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.
Except for the photo in the SUN, the Rock didn’t leave many roots in Calgary.
He was relegated to the practice roster as a backup Linebacker and didn’t see any live action and unfortunately (or luckily, depending on how you look at it) he was cut two month’s into the season.
““Do you have any idea how much you’ve gotta suck to get cut from the Canadian Football League?”
Dwayne’s dad was Canadian and was born in Nova Scotia, but moved to Toronto at the age of 16 and began wrestling. From there, he trained and eventually became a huge pro wrestling star in the ’70s and ’80s.
During his career, “Soulman” Johnson became a top competitor in the National Wrestling Alliance and, paired with Tony Atlas, he was part of the first black tag team to win the Tag Team Championships in the World Wrestling Federation.
So after failing in Football Dwayne followed his daddy’s footsteps and became “The Rock.”
The Rock became a huge star. And then the Rock went to Hollywood. And now the Rock is the “Sexiest Man Alive (People Magazine).”
Sure beats the CFL Practice Roster.