Long before he was the The People’s Champion and fans smelled what he was cooking, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a football player for the University of Miami from 1990 through 1994.
Injuries prevented Johnson from reaching the National Football League, but he did briefly play for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Ultimately however, Johnson was never able to fulfill his childhood dream of hoisting a Lombardi Trophy as a member of his favorite team, the New York Giants.
But Johnson has now found his way back to the world of football.
On Monday, Johnson announced that was part of an investment group that had agreed to purchase the XFL, the creation of his former boss Vince McMahon, for $15 million.
“The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things: My passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans,” Johnson said in a statement, via ESPN. “With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans and everyone involved for the love of football.”
The XFL declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy April 13 and for a brief moment, it had appeared as if McMahon would attempt to bid on it before ultimately deciding against it.
In a separate statement, XFL president and chief operating officer Jeffrey Pollack called the pending sale to Johnson & Co. a “Hollywood ending.”
By Dan Benton