Today, we all know who Dwayne Johnson is and how successful he has become, but not many people know what it took to become the superstar he is now. Namely, the great actor had a rather rough childhood, but, luckily, all those difficult periods he had to go through eventually helped him grow.
Dwayne Johnson was born in California in 1972. Back in his college days, he was a football player for the University of Miami. At the time, this guy won a national championship with the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team. Soon afterward, he moved on to play for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. So, up until then, it all pointed to the fact that Johnson was about to pursue a football career. However, in 1995, they cut him from the Calgary Stampeders of CFL, and he decided to try his hand at wrestling, just like his grandfather Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson, did. That year was quite rough. “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket,” the actor recalls. But, he also adds: “And I knew two things: I’m broke and one day I won’t be.”
Yes, he worked really hard to become a football player, and then God ended it, but that only helped him realize that he had to work even harder to make the new one come true.
“At that time, I was little unsure of what was actually gonna happen, you know, so I just have to, you know, put my faith in God and continue to work hard and hopefully good things will happen,” Johnson explained. “I have my own special relationship with God, you know, and I certainly feel very blessed. I count my blessings every day.”
Eventually, he made it – he became one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, the highest-paid actor, the most attractive man alive, and there is no doubt he will become so much more in the years to come.