LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — It could only happen in pro wrestling… and pro football evidently!
In 1975, with their defensive line struggling, the Washington Redskins offered a tryout to oversized pro wrestler Andre The Giant.
Tim Temerario, the Redskins director of player personnel at the time, called the offices of the World Wide Wrestling Federation, now World Wrestling Entertainment, to inquire about the 7 feet 4 inch grappler, whose real name was André René Roussimoff.
Talks went so far as to spawn a press conference in Washington, D.C. that was attended by Andre and up-and-coming wrestling executive Vincent McMahon according to an article on the WWE website.
However, nothing ever came of team’s interest in Roussimoff following the press conference and no tryout ever took place. The team turned elsewhere for its run stopping and kick blocking needs while “The Eighth Wonder of the World” went on to capture the WWE Championship and star in the classic film, The Princess Bride.
The wrestler passed away of a heart attack on January 27, 1993 in Paris at the age of 46 and would become the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame later that year.
In current pro wrestling ties, Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and I currently co-host the pro wrestling radio show 4th & Pain. The show airs Sunday morning at 8 o’clock on 106.7 The Fan.