Today, the WWE have confirmed the signing of former NFL player Brennan Williams in a press release, and that he will begin his training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Williams was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was released by the Texans in 2014 and spent time on the practice squads of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots in 2015 before calling it a day on his NFL career.
The WWE's press release states according to Wrestling Inc: "Six-foot-seven, 300-pound former NFL offensive tackle Brennan Williams is joining the ranks of the WWE Performance Center. He reports to Orlando today to begin his training."
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It also says: "Williams, a lifelong fan of sports-entertainment, began training under WWE Hall of Famer Booker T in October 2015 after his NFL career ended. He made his in-ring debut for Booker’s Houston-based Reality of Wrestling earlier this year, competing under the alias Marcellus Black.
"In addition to his experience on the gridiron and in the ring, Williams holds a black belt in taekwondo."
WWE has a habit of signing former football players because their size. At the age of 25 and with his experience and love for sports entertainment as well, Williams has plenty of time on his side to turn into a viable wrestler.
However, with so much talent on the WWE roster, we'll have to wait and see if he is ever given an opportunity.
The company has had major success with turning former football players into established sports entertainers with the likes of The Rock and Brock Lesnar taking a familiar route, alongside most recently Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin. They'll be hoping to have the same success with Williams.
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