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Rob Gronkowski helps former Maryland football player pull off WrestleMania 33 upset

Rob Gronkowski helps former Maryland football player pull off WrestleMania 33 upset

On Sunday night, The WWE held WrestleMania 33, their biggest pay-per-view of the year.

In the event's opening match, a bevy of WWE superstars competed in the annual "Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale," and in a stunning turn of events the match was won by Mojo Rawley.

While this may not mean much on the surface, it should be pointed out that Mojo Rawley is the character portrayed by former Maryland Terrapins defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi.

After a solid career at Maryland in which he set numerous team weight room records and became the only player in school history to play every position on the defensive line in a single game, Muhtadi spent two seasons in the NFL as a member of the Cardinals and Packers practice squad. Muhtadi turned to pro wrestling and signed with WWE in 2012, becoming Mojo Rawley .

On Sunday night, Rawley scored undoubtedly the biggest victory of his career, besting the likes of Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman. But it wasn't without some outside help from none other than Rob Gronkowski. The real-life friend of Muhtadi hopped into the ring and helped Mojo Rawley gain the upper hand and eliminate the final two superstars.

As you will see in the video, Rawley's trunks and pads were emblazoned with the Maryland state flag.

Yes, wrestling is scripted. But heading into WrestleMania, few could predict Rawley be one of the final superstars left in the Battle Royale, let alone win it. But it wouldn't be WrestleMania without some outside celebrity help, and there are few celebrities inside the sports world bigger than Rob Gronkowski.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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