Biggest pro football accomplishments: Selected by the Browns in the 1981 NFL Draft and later played defensive lineman alongside future WWE legend Lex Luger on the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits
Biggest pro wrestling accomplishments: Won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and was recognized as the first African-American heavyweight champion in the history of the sport
The key to his career change: He decided to train to become a wrestler and joined the National Wrestling Alliance after his USFL career ended.
On a personal level, Faarooq reached the highest heights of his pro wrestling career in the early 1990s during his WCW days. But some of his most memorable storylines actually took place once he joined the WWE in 1996. He feuded with fellow pro football player-turned-pro wrestler Ahmed Johnson frequently, beefed with fellow Nation of Domination member The Rock, and formed a Tag Team with Bradshaw that yielded three WWE Tag Team titles. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 and is considered one of the most important figures of WWE's "Attitude Era."