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.