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NFL Players Who Were Former Wrestlers in High School or College


"I would have all my offensive linemen wrestle if I could." -John Madden - Hall of Fame NFL Coach

Hey coach! Why aren't your football players wrestling too?


Ray Lewis

2X Florida State Champion


Steve Wisniewski 

California State Champion

Lorenzo Neal

NCAA Champion


"I'm a huge wrestling fan. Wrestlers have so many great qualities that athletes need to have." - Bob Stoops - Oklahoma Sooners Head Football Coach

Tiki Barber, RB, New York Giants


Rhonde Barber, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Walter Barnes, DL, Washington Redskins - SEC Champ

Eric Bateman, OL, New York Jets

Harris Benton

Brad Benson, New York Giants PA State Champ

Greg Boone, RB, Oakland Raiders

Jeff Bostic, C, Washington Redskins SC State Champ

Tedy Bruschi, ILB, New England Patriots

Bob Bruenig, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Phil Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles 2x National Prep Champ

Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers PA State Runner-Up

Jonathan Condo, LS, Dallas Cowboys - PA State Champ, Dapper Dan Champ

Tom Cousineau, LB, Cleveland Browns  3rd State

Tom Covert, OT, Chicago Bears

Chris Cooley, WR, Washington Redskins

Roger Craig, RB, San Francisco 49’ers - Oakland Raiders

Damien Covington, LB, Buffalo Bills

Curley Culp, DL, Kansas City Chiefs NCAA Champ

Larry Czonka, RB, Miami Dolphins

Rob Davis, ST, Green Bay Packers

Dan Dierdorff, OT, St. Louis Cardinals

Donnie Edwards, OLB, San Diego Chargers

Carl Edwards, San Diego Chargers 3x MD State Champ

Rob Essink, Seattle Seahawks NCAA DII Champ

Jim Everett, QB, New Orleans Saints

DeMarco Farr, St. Louis Rams


Ronnie Lott, DB, San Francisco 49’ers - Oakland Raiders


Patrick Flannery, OL, Houston Oilers

Ed Flanagan, C, Detroit Lions

Terrell Fletcher, RB, San Diego Chargers

Bill Fralic, G,  Atlanta Falcons

Doug France, LT, Los Angeles Rams OH State Runner-Up

Frank Garcia, C, St. Louis Rams 2x AZ State Champ

William George, Chicago Bears 2x PA State Champ

Charlie Getty, RG, Kansas City Chiefs 2x NCAA All-American

John Gilmore, TE, Chicago Bears

Kevin Glover, C, Detroit Lions

La’Roi Glover, DE, Dallas Cowboys

Mike Goff, G, Cincinnati Bengals

Bob Golic, DT, Cleveland Browns OH State Champ

Mike Golic, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

Darien Gordon, PR/CB, Denver Broncos

Scottie Graham, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Tim Green, DE, Atlanta Falcons

Kelly Gregg, NT, Baltimore Ravens, 3x KS State Champ

Morlon Greenwood, OLB, Miami Dolphins

Archie Griffin, HB, Cincinnati Bengals

Nick Griesen, LB, New York Giants

Randy Grossman, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

John Hannah, G, New England Patriots

John Hartunian

Carlton Haselrig, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3x NCAA Champ

Ron Heller, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Chad Hennings, DT, Dallas Cowboys IA State Champ

Jay Hilgenberg, C, Chicago Bears IA State Runner-Up

Orlando Huff, MLB, Seattle Seahawks

Corey Hulsy, G, Oakland Raiders

Steve Wisniewski, G, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders - CA State Champ


Bo Jackson, RB, Oakland Raiders


Mario Johnson, DT, New England Patriots

Dahanie Jones, LB, New York Giants

Henry Jordan, DT, Green Bay Packers

Dave Joyner, OL, Green Bay Packers

John Jurkovich*, DT, Cleveland Browns

Alex Karras, Detroit Lions

Tim Krumrie, DL, Cincinnati Bengals WI State Champ

Ernie Ladd, DL, Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Lecky, C, - KS State Champ (in 2004 NFL Draft)

Jess Lewis, LB, Houston Oilers


Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens 2x FL State Champ


Kirk Lowdermilk, OL, Minnesota Vikings

Sean Mahan, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Malczyk, LS, New York Giants

Joel Mackavicka, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Steve Martin, DT, Houston Texans

Mickey Marvin, RG, Oakland Raiders

Napolean McCallum, RB, Oakland Raiders

Randle McDaniel, G, Minnesota Vikings

Mark McDonald, SS, Arizona Cardinals

Chris McIntosh, T, Seattle Seahawks

Bryant McKinnie, T. Minnesota Vikings

Greg Meisner, DL, Los Angeles Rams

Matt Millen, LB, Oakland Raiders

Ronald Moore, RB, Cleveland Browns

James Mungro, HB, Indianapolis Colts

Jim Nance, FB, New England Patriots NCAA Champ

Lorenzo Neal, FB, Tennessee Titans - NCAA Champ

Stephen Neal, OL, New England Patriots NCAA Champ

Jeremy Newberry, C, San Francisco 49’ers

Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers PA State Champ

Leo Nomellini, T, San Francisco 49’ers Big 10 Champ

Jonathan Ogden*, OT, Baltimore Ravens

Irv Pankey, Los Angeles Rams 2x MD State Champ

David Patten, WR, New England Patriots

Scott Peters, G, New York Giants

Bob Pickens, OL, Chicago Bears

Jim Plunkett, QB, Oakland Raiders

Dave Porter, T, Green Bay Packers

Mike Pyle, C, Chicago Bears IA State Champ

Rocky Rasley, G, Detroit Lions

Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals

Eric Rhett, RB, Cleveland Browns FL State Champ

Willie Roaf, OT, New Orleans Saints


Warren Sapp, DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oakland Raiders - FL State Champ


Mark Schlereth, OL, Washington Redskins - Alaska State Champ

Cory Schlesinger, LB, Detroit Lions - NE State Champ

Steve Sefter, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, 2x PA State Champ & NCAA All-American

Tony Siragusa, DT, Baltimore Ravens NJ State Champ

Fred Smerlas, Buffalo Bills - MA State Champ

Bruce Smith, DE, Washington Redskins

Brad St. Louis, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Matt Suhey, RB, Chicago Bears

Bill Szott, OL, Washington Redskins NJ State Champ

Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs NJ State Champ

Woody Thompson, RB, Atlanta Falcons PA State Champ

Jim Thorpe, HB, New York Giants

Mike Trgovac, DC, Carolina Panthers OH State Champ

Kyle Turley, T, St. Louis Rams

Ryan Turnbull, RB, Cleveland Browns

Tommy Vardell, RB, San Francisco 49’ers

Adam Vinatieri, K, New England Patriots

John Ward, OL, New York Jets NCAA All-American

Fred Weary, DB, St. Louis Rams

Charles White, HB, Los Angeles Rams

Randy White, DT, Dallas Cowboys

Cory Widmer, LB, New York Giants

Leo Wisniewski, NT, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts - PA State Champ


Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins


Coy Wire, LB, Buffalo Bills PA State Runner-Up

Greg Wojochowski, St. Louis Rams

Shane Olivea

Alex Stepanovich

Nick Leckey - TX State Champ

Gregory Walker - State Finalist

Jonathan Condo

Zachary Wilson

Chris Laskowski

Luis Castillo, DT, San Diego Chargers (First Round Pick)

Lincoln "Drew" Hodgdon, C, Houston Texans - CA State Champ

Nick Hardwick

Fred Weary, C, Houston Texans - AL State Champ

Coy Wire, SS, Buffalo Bills - PA State Champ

Kevin Breedlove - SC State Finalist

Kevin Sampson - NJ State Champ

Benjamin Claxton - GA State Finalist

Trevor Johnson

Clinton "C.J." Brooks, Jr.

Tai Tupai

Leon Robinson - GA State Runner-Up

Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - 2x SC State Champ (First Round Pick)

Eric Ghiaciuc, C, Cincinatti Bengals - MI State Champ

Joey Hildbold

Adam Seward, ILB, Carolina Panthers - NV State Champ

Cody Johnson

Rodney Michael

Marques Harris - CO State Champ

Larry Turner

Andrew "Tyler" Lenda - District Champ

Tim Anderson - OH State Champ

Tony Pape

Matt Roth - IA State Champ

Mike Patterson, DT, Philadelphia Eagles (First Round Pick)

David Pollack

Tim Burrough - OK State Champ

Antoineo Harris - IL State Champ

Claude Harriott

Scott Wells - TN State Champ

Alex Lewis - District Champ

Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins (#2 Pick)

Rodney Leisle

Nick Newton

Sean Tufts

Brian Save

Kevin Atkins

Josh Minkins - District Runner-up

Tim Euhus

Andrew Tidwell-Neal - MN State Champ

Renaldo Works

Patrick "Bucky" Babcock - IL State Champ

Morgan Pears

Art Baker, RB, Buffalo Bills



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