Biggest pro football accomplishments: Started for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football for one season after spending a brief period of time playing offensive lineman for the Raiders
Biggest pro wrestling accomplishments: Won the WWE Championship once, the WWE Hardcore Championship 17 times, and the WWE Tag Team Championship three times (with Faarooq)
The key to his career change: He decided to give independent wrestling a try after the Riders parted ways with him and no NFL teams showed any interest.
Unlike some of the other former football players on this list, Bradshaw didn't find much success when he first started wrestling. In fact, he spent five long years wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation before the WWE gave him a chance. And once he got to the WWE, it was another few years before he teamed up with former Nation of Domination member Faarooq and got his first real taste of success. But from there, he worked his way up through the ranks and won a variety of WWE titles before retiring from wrestling and landing a role as a WWE color commentator.