Six Interesting Things From Johnson’s Younger Days
Today, Dwayne Johnson is Hollywood’s best-paid actor and most recognizable social media persona. More than a decade ago he was also famous under his ring name The Rock. For the last 20 years or so Dwayne has elevated his image to be one of the most popular entertainment figures in the world. Even 15 years after leaving WWE he is still the most famous wrestler ever. But it wasn’t always like that.
Just like the rest of us, he was once young and anonymous. Today, audience across the world know about every step he makes because he lets them to, through his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter profiles. When he was a child, his doings weren’t recorded and posted all over the Internet, so there are details that most people don’t know about him. Here are six things you didn’t know about Dwayne Johnson from the time when he was a child.
Place And Date of Birth
Dwayne The Rock Johnson was born in Hayward, California, on May 2, 1972. His mother is Ata Johnson while his father is also famous former wrestler Rocky Johnson.
When did he start working out?
According to Fast&Furious star himself, the first time he hit the gym was at the age of 14. The goal wasn’t to get muscles but to let some steam out after his family got evicted from their home. In one of his Facebook posts, he talked about this: “I reeeeaaaaalllyy hated that feeling of helplessness and never wanted that to happen again. So, I did the only thing I could control with my own two hands in hopes that one day my family would never worry about being evicted again — I trained.”
When did Johnson start playing football?
His build was ideal for the game of football. The first man to notice this was his high school football coach Jody Cwik. With his height of 6’5’ and more than 200 pounds, Dwayne was an ideal prospect for the gridiron. In an interview to Huffington Post, The Rock commented on his football beginnings: “He said, ‘I want you to do something for me… I want you to come out and play football for me. I love that man. I’ll never forget the impact that he had on my life. My takeaway from that amazing relationship that I had was the empathy that he had for a punk kid who treated him so rudely and disrespectfully. He looked past that BS and said, ‘I believe in you, and I want to turn you around.’ ”
The game of football had an incredible impact on the rest of Johnson’s life: “My grades got better, and I started getting recruited from every college across the country. My thought process started to change. That’s when I started thinking about goals and what I wanted to accomplish.”
Where did he go to college?
Dwayne Johnson was a sought-after prospect after leaving high school. At the age of 18, he received a full football scholarship from the University of Miami. People’s Champ even made it to the field in his freshman year. In his generation, he was the only player to do so.
But not everything went according to plan in Miami where Johnson tried steroids for the first time: “I tried them when I was 18, me and my football buddies. Nothing happened.”
His time at Miami University ended with a Bachelor of General Studies in Criminology and Physiology degree. He also had quite a few performances on the gridiron.
Which medical condition did Dwayne overcome?
During his time in Miami, he injured his shoulder. The absence from the field and fight with the recovery sent him into depression. Talking to Hollywood Reporter, he said about the subject: “I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know why I didn’t want to do anything. I had never experienced anything like that.”
Later, during his life he gave a thorough explanation and some advice for people who are going through it on Oprah Show: “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ ”
The final step of his youth
In 1996 Dwayne Johnson pulled a move that changed his life. He was broke, with only $7 in his pocket, but he decided to follow his father’s path and become a professional wrestler. Johnson at first started as the good guy Rocky Maivia, but that didn’t bring him the success he wanted. Only after turning heel and becoming The Rock did he become the phenomenon he is today. The rest is history.