Written by: Joseph Czikk
Former Steelers and Panthers running back Deangelo Williams had some legendary Sundays in the NFL, but his work prospects appear slim these days. Naturally, he’s doing the next best thing: professional wrestling.
Williams, 34, will hit the canvas for tag team action in the Impact Wrestling’s Slamiversary XV event on July 2. Slamiversary is a Wrestlemania equivalent for Impact Wrestling, a lesser-known pro wrestling circuit for more hardcore fans.
Williams will actually team up with former NFL lineman and Impact Grand Champion Quinn Ojjinaka, who’s stage name is Moose. The pair of former gridiron warriors will face Eli Drake and Chris Adonis.
‘D-Will’ appeared on a promo video at Impact (formerly TNA) headquarters in Nashville with broadcaster Josh Matthews. The veteran of 11 NFL seasons explained that he wasn't there to play for the Titans, but to speak with the Impact boss, Jeff Jarrett, regarding a match.
Interestingly, Williams appeared to take a shot at the Tennessee Titans in the video.
“Are you here for what I think you’re here for?” Asked Matthews.
“Why do you think I’m here?” replied Williams.
“To sign with the Titans?”
“No…that’s not why I’m here. I’m a free agent, man. And I kinda want to go to a team that’s…”
It’s not the first time Williams has appeared with Impact Wrestling. He previously had beef with superstar wrestler Davey Richards, when Richards attacked Moose inside the ring.
As per Behind The Steel Curtain, several former NFLers have made the move to wrestling over the years including Ernie Ladd, Jim Neidhart, Bill Goldberg, Leon White (Vader), John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Tito Santana and current stars Mojo Rawley (Dean Muhtadi) , Baron Corbin (Thomas Pestock) and former Steelers pass rusher and Hall of Famer Kevin Greene.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas (who had a masterful college career at Memphis) Williams racked up over 8,000 rushing yards and 61 TDs during his career.
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