This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS: ACTORS WHO PLAYED COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NO. 4 – DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON
Before Dwayne Johnson earned the nickname “The Rock” thanks to his professional wrestling exploits, he was better known as “Dewey” to his Miami Hurricanes teammates.
Yes, the wrestler turned actor turned reality TV host was a linebacker for Dennis Erickson’s Hurricanes in 1991 and won a national championship. But a star he was not. Johnson started just one game, but played in 39 and finished his career with 77 tackles and 4.25 sacks.
Former Miami defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who recruited Johnson, shared his thoughts with ESPN.com about Johnson’s potential.
"As a freshman, he came out, and back then we didn’t play too many freshmen. But he was very strong, he had some great practices and we were able to play him as a freshman, and at one point we thought maybe we’d start him as a freshman.
"The problem with Dwayne was there was a guy named Warren Sapp who came along the next year."
"You’re talking about one of the best college football players of all time [in Sapp]. If not for [Sapp], Dwayne could have been an all-conference, perhaps an all-American."
That’s right, Warren Sapp ruined Dewey’s budding football career, but put him on a path that has ultimately made him one of the most popular wrestlers and action stars in recent history.
Not a bad trade.
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