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WWE superstar Roman Reigns: 'I wanted to be a Chicago Bear'

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WWE superstar Roman Reigns: 'I wanted to be a Chicago Bear'

He may look like a natural in the ring, but wrestling wasn't always the first passion for WWE superstar Roman Reigns.

Reigns, who will headline WrestleMania 32 in a WWE Championship match with Triple H Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, appeared on track for a lengthy NFL career rather than follow in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father Leati "Sika" Anoa'i.

Reigns (Joseph Anoa'i) starred at Escambia High School in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. before earning a scholarship at Georgia Tech. Anoa'i finished his collegiate career with 10 tackles, 29.5 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks, garnering All-ACC honors at defensive tackle.

After not getting selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, Anoa'i was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He was cut late in the preseason before brief stints in Jacksonville and with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. 

Reigns decided to hang up his cleats following the 2008 CFL season before embarking on his promising wrestling career. 

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While it's almost a certainty we'll never see Reigns strap on the shoulder pads in the NFL, it's interesting to think about what the Bears defensive line may have looked like if it were up to Reigns nearly 10 years ago.

During a promotional tour for Snickers, Reigns told CSNChicago.com told that he visited the Bears before the 2007 NFL Draft and was sold on everything they had to offer.

"It's funny. That was one of the teams I interviewed for before the draft and everything," Reigns said. "I actually came up to Chicago and took a trip. I got to meet the head coach Lovie (Smith) at the time and I was sold. I wanted to be a Chicago Bear immediately. But unfortunately it didn't work out, but we found the right team."

Check out the complete interview in the video above and see what else Reigns had to say about his upcoming match at WrestleMania 32.

One report speculates that the NFL could be playing games as late as March

One report speculates that the NFL could be playing games as late as March

Football writer Gary Myers – who wrote the NYT bestseller "Brady vs. Manning" – made some waves this morning with quite the tweet: 

It's obviously just one report (and not quite even that), so take it for what it's worth. That being said, Myers' report coming on the heels of Chase Daniel – who works closely with the NFLPA – strongly speculating that there weren't going to be any offseason programs paints the beginning of a grim picture when it comes to the NFL 2020 season. Having been relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic up until this point, the league has recently had to cancel it's Annual Meeting, close team facilities and dramatically alter the format of its draft. 

And if the writing wasn't already on the wall, here's a second part of Myers' report:

Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

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Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

Tommie Harris is showing a more vulnerable side of himself to the world. Known for intimidating opposing quarterbacks as a defensive tackle for the Bears from 2004-2010, Harris opened up about a personal tragedy in a music video he uploaded on Monday.

Harris's song "Deflated" goes into the inner turmoil he suffered after his wife, Ashley, died in 2012. It's a poignant look into Harris's life after football and how he's used music to cope with his new reality.


Harris has even used his music to help others. According to NBC Nashville, Harris joined the Redemption Songs Project in 2018 to help jail inmates express themselves by writing songs of their own.

If you'd like to hear more of Harris's country music, he uploaded "Grand Canyon" last November.