Originally Posted by Aaronyman
former national champion wrestler who tried to go into football but failed.
He didn't fail. He walked onto the Vikings practice squad, which was unexpected in and of itself. He also made the squad despite being in a severe motorcycle accident a month or so earlier.
He was offered a contract to play in NFL Europe to get allow him to get seasoned (he hadn't played since high school) before going into the NFL. He chose to turn that offer down and pursue MMA.
Saying he 'tried to make it in football and failed' is the opposite of what actually happened. He simply didn't succeed on his own terms, which is go from football novice to NFL pro over the course of 6 months.