ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — One of the biggest names in pro wrestling history is predicting pain for the Washington Redskins opponents this season.
And Bill Goldberg would know.
Before he was railroading opponents en route to an unprecedented undefeated streak and World Title run, Goldberg was playing defensive line under the tutelage of current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in the World League of American Football. He called it one of the best experiences of his life.
Goldberg joined Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll on 4th & Pain to discuss his pigskin past and the impact Haslett had on his career.
“To be able to win a world championship in the World Football League and to be coached by a defensive coordinator so cool as Jim Haslett — I had to pinch myself every day,” Goldberg said. “Jack Youngblood was one of our d-line coaches and Haslett was the d-coordinator. We just had a great time.”
Not only did they have a great time, they were successful.
Goldberg and Haslett helped lead the Sacramento Surge to a 21-17 victory over the Orlando Thunder in the 1992 World Bowl.
“Anytime you can play for a coach that you respect because of his playing days and that you revere because of his mentality … it was an honor,” he said. “It was probably the best football experience of my life.”
Because of Haslett’s lasting impression, Goldberg has kept up with his former coach’s career.
He made no bones about the team’s track record for the past decade, but thinks the tide is turning in their favor thanks to Robert Griffin III and others.
“I think that with the talent they have and with the schedule coming up… There’s nothing but a bright future for the Redskins now,” said Goldberg. “They’ve turned things around. I think it’s nothing but happy days ahead and a lot of pain for opponents.”
Goldberg’s football career had the makings of a feature story of a player fighting to live his dream on “Hard Knocks.” Originally selected in the 11th round of the 1990 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia, he played one season for the Los Angeles Rams.
He returned to the NFL in 1992 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons where he played until 1994.
The Carolina Panthers selected him in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, but lingering effects from a torn lower abdomen ultimately ended his NFL career.
Still, he cherishes his time in football and still considers himself a player more than a wrestler.
“Defensive lineman are a different breed,” Goldberg joked.
Perhaps that’s why he regrets Kevin Nash and Scott Hall not using a real taser on him when World Championship Wrestling decided to end his title run and undefeated streak.
Be sure to listen to 4th & Pain with Redskins’ defensive end Adam Carriker and weight loss champion Chuck Carroll Sunday morning at 8 on 106.7 The Fan.
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