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Dwayne Johnson is kind of everyone’s hero. How can someone be so effortlessly cool and down to earth and funny and kind and look like that? It just doesn’t seem possible (#TheRock2020). So what could make The Rock even cooler for Canadians? Well, he just revealed a little-known fact about himself that ties him to the city of Vancouver where he is currently filming his latest movie, Skyscraper. 

In an Instagram post on Thursday, The Rock disclosed that he was actually on the Calgary Stampeders CFL team decades before he was an actor or even a wrestler.

‘Look, I’ve dropped my blood and sweat in this city,’ he said, ‘Wrestled multiple matches in this city, shot big movies in this city but one thing a lot of people don’t know that I want to share with you guys is: when I was 22 years old I came to this city for the first time.

‘I was playing in the Canadian Football League, playing my first pro football game. I was playing for the Calgary Stampeders, we were playing the B.C. Lions. I was so excited. Two days later, I got cut. Dream shattered. Sent home with seven bucks in my pocket.’


Johnson has spoken before about his crushed aspirations to become an NFL player and how the worst thing to happen to him was actually the best. The rest of the video turns into an inspirational pep-talk for anyone who’s ever been knocked down.

‘I realized, playing in the NFL is the best thing that never happened because it got me here,’ he says, ‘You gotta have faith that the one thing you wanted to happen oftentimes is the best thing that never happened.’

So in one video, The Rock showed Canada some major love and gave us all the inspirational pick-me-up. What can’t this guy do?

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