Moose Joins A Very Exclusive Club Of Former NFL Players To Become A Pro Wrestling World Champion

Impact Wrestling released the following:


Wrestling World Champion IMPACT is the best former NFL player of the modern era to become the world champion of a professional wrestling company

By winning the IMPACT wrestling world championship on October 23, Moose has cemented himself as the best former NFL player of the modern era to become the world champion in professional wrestling. Karma.

Quinn Ojinnaka, the real-life Moose, played for four teams in seven seasons in the National Football League, including the New England Patriots, where he was teammates with NFL legend Tom Brady while playing for one of the coaches. The best NFL head coach in history, Bill Belichick. Ojinnaka played in 62 NFL games, with 20 starts, after playing at Syracuse University. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

The only other former NFL player from modern times to turn pro wrestling and become a World Champion is Bill Goldberg, whose three-year NFL career includes appearing in 14 games (1 start) .

Only four others have ever gone from the NFL to World Championship glory:

Bronko Nagurski
Played his NFL career for the Chicago Bears from 1930-37 and 1943. A 3-time NFL Champion and 4-time All-Pro, landed the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a subscription member, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 1963. He was the world heavyweight champion several times.

Ernie Ladd
Played his professional football career in the AFL from 1961-68, including an AFL Champion season for the San Diego Chargers in 1963. The AFL operated for 10 seasons, from 1960 to 1970, before when it merged with the older National Football League (NFL) and became the American Football Conference. A defensive tackle, Ladd was inducted into the San Diego Charger Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame.

Dick The Bruiser
Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1951-54 as a line-up, appearing in all 48 regular season games the Packers played in those years. Prepared by Green Bay from his alma mater, Purdue University. He is a multiple World Champion, including a one-time race against the prestigious AWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Gus Sonnenberg
Played in the NFL from 1923-1930 for teams like the Buffalo All-Americans, Columbus Tigers, Detroit Panthers and Providence Steam Roller. He was a member of the 1928 NFL Championship team. He is the National Wrestling Association’s world heavyweight champion.

IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore said: “There are many former NFL players who have had notable professional wrestling careers, including Brian Pillman, Steve McMichael, Monte Brown, Leo Nomelini, Wahoo McDaniel and Russ Francis, among others – but none of them became world champions.

“Moose is on an exclusive list of only six former NFL players, including a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who have become world champions in professional wrestling.”

D’Amore helped coach Moose during his transition from the NFL to wrestling. He added: “The term ‘generational talent’ is overused, but it fits Moose very well. He would be a formidable presence in wrestling if it were only a 6-foot-5, 300-pound athlete, but the way he moves inside the ring, his incredible agility For a big man… he’s the next level of super athlete. ”

Sports Illustrated on November 17 featured Moose and his record-setting journey from NFL to IMPACT World Champion:

Moose defends the IMPACT world championship against Eddie Edwards this Saturday night, November 20 at Turning Point, broadcasting LIVE on the IMPACT Plus app and for the ultimate Insiders on our YouTube Channel. IMPACT. The turning point will come from Sam’s Town Live! in Las Vegas and tickets still available:

About IMPACT Wrestling:
A subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., IMPACT Wrestling® is one of the world’s leading wrestling brands, producing more than 200 hours of original content annually and televised in 120 countries, including AXS TV in the United States. Established in 2002, IMPACT Wrestling’s a deep library of premium content streamed worldwide on major OTT platforms including Pluto TV, XUMO and the on-demand subscription service IMPACT PLUS ©. As an official Twitter partner, IMPACT has a strong social media presence with over 10 million engaged followers across all major services. Ancillary businesses include live events, merchandise, licensing, and sponsorships. Moose Joins A Very Exclusive Club Of Former NFL Players To Become A Pro Wrestling World Champion

Dustin Huang

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