Did Dwayne Johnson get drafted in the NFL? His football career explored

Joshua Rogers April 28, 2021
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Did Dwayne Johnson get drafted in the NFL? Ahead of the 2021 NFL draft, people are wondering about the wrestling legend’s football career. Here’s what you need to know.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the biggest and most recognisable actors in the world.

The former WWF (now WWE) wrestler has appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest film franchises, including the Fast & Furious and Jumanji films. In total, his films have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide.

Before all of that, however, he was a budding college football player.

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Dwayne Johnson’s football career

In the 1990s, Dwayne Johnson was a promising football prospect, receiving many offers from Division I collegiate programs.

He eventually became a freshman defensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes from the University of Miami.

Despite his 6’5 and 290 pound frame, he was mostly used off the bench during his four years on the team.

“As a football player, on a scale of 1 to 10, Dewey (Johnson’s nickname) was a 6,” former Miami teammate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp said.

Johnson did have some highlights in college, though, including his sack of Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward (which is featured in the Ballers intro).

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Dwayne Johnson’s Miami stats

In his time with the Hurricanes, Dwayne Johnson amassed 77 tackles and 4.25 sacks in one start and 39 appearances.

In 1991, as a freshman on Dennis Erickson’s team, he was a member of the 12-0 national championship squad that beat Nebraska, 22-0, in the Orange Bowl.

Although part of the 1991 National Championship Team, he found his playing time limited by injuries and the emergence of Sapp.

Did Dwayne Johnson get drafted in the NFL?

No, Dwayne Johnson was never drafted in the NFL.

Upon finishing his senior season with Miami, Johnson went undrafted in the NFL in 1994.

After graduating with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology in 1995, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) as a linebacker.

Johnson struggled with injuries and was subsequently cut by the Stampeders two months into the 1995 season.

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During a Q&A for ESPN a few years ago, Johnson credited former teammate Warren Sapp for being the reason he didn’t make the NFL and instead chose to focus his attention on other areas.

“I didn’t make it to the NFL because of one man,” Johnson said.

“That’s Warren Sapp. Hands down. There’s a reason why I’m here right now, and it’s because of the grace of God because you’re the best at what you do.”

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.