Former WCW Champion and WWE Superstar Goldberg was recently interviewed by Jeremy Schaap of ESPN to discuss his professional football career, his time with WCW, his match with Brock Lesnar tonight, and more. You can check out the highlights more:
"I aspired to follow in my brother's footsteps and play in the major college football, and hopefully, possibly make it on to the NFL. That was my dream, it was the only thing I ever wanted to do. Ever. Ask Dion (Sanders) he'll tell you, I was talking to him yesterday. My initiation was wrestling for Deion in the locker room, any time anyone would challenge him he'd call me in to wrestle for him. I carried his bags for god's sake. The only way I made any team was cause I was willing to fight anyone at the time just to make it."
Becoming a pro wrestler:
"I for a number of years was asked to become a professional wrestler because I was in Atlanta, I was with the Falcons, I was -- I mean you go back to the Georgia days, I rubbed shoulders with these guys for 20 years. That was something I really took seriously, it's weird how I ended up in the business. I came up with a gimmick -- I'm me, there is no character. There really isn't, when I lower my voice and try and talk mean, well yeah that's the only shtick there is."
Coming back for one last match in WWE:
"The promo that I did in Denver, I was definitely afraid of doing that because I'm not a mic guy. I'm not a entertainer like that, I smash people. That's how I entertain people, that's what gets people at the edge of their seat, not by what I say. So after 12 years they are expecting to hear from me. When you're a 30-year-old terminator, they don't want to see anything negative, but when you're one click away from the big 5-0 I think you can come back and show a vulnerable side. I've been a fan of his (Brock Lesnar) for a long time, I was at his fights for god sake. At the end of the day, 12 years removed, he's the last guy I wrestled, I beat him, not many people on the planet have done that."
How many knee operations he's had in the last few months:
"Two. It's not like I've been staying at 280 for the last 12 years either. You only live once, and I got the opportunity because of a situation. 2K brought me to the forefront with the video game again, obviously I'm a downloadable character on it. Special character, then Brock is on the cover, so you know people are gonna say 'Well it's fantasy in the video game, lets make it real and Goldberg come back and you guys fight again.'"
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