If you know Bill Goldberg at all, you know him as the former WCW and WWE professional wrestler who was wildly popular in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Not many people know that he was a standout defensive tackle at Georgia in the late 80’s who went on to play in the NFL for a few seasons.
Goldberg, a native of Tulsa, Okla., appeared on former WWE commentator Jim Ross’ podcast on Wednesday and he detailed what led him to his commitment to Georgia.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it involved a bottle of whiskey.
“(My uncle) was best friends with Bear Bryant, and Bear Bryant passed way,” Goldberg said. “My uncle asked me if I had any interest in going to Georgia because he thought very highly of a guy named Vince Dooley. Since they were the Junkyard Dogs (and) known for defense, it sort of played into my mentality. It was red and black. It was kind of a violent style of football. I gave it a shot … Again, what solidified my trip was a bottle of Wild Turkey that was handed to me as I was standing on top of a bar during my recruiting trip. You know, I had a great time at Georgia, great memories. It will always be that one thing in my life that I’ll want to re-enact again.”
It sounds like the folks in Athens took great care of Goldberg. He probably committed on the spot.
After his four years at Georgia from 1985-1989, Goldberg was drafted in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1990 NFL Draft. After a season with the Rams, Goldberg played for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football for a season before returning to the NFL in a stint with the Atlanta Falcons from 1992-1994. He was selected by the expansion Carolina Panthers in the 1995 Expansion Draft but never played a game for the team.
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