The truth about Dwayne Johnson! These are the Dwayne Johnson facts you didn’t know and The Rock facts that you’ve never heard before!
Before he became a professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson was a football player. We already mentioned that he played in high school, but his football career went further than that. He received a full scholarship and played defensive tackle for the University of Miami. He played on the Miami Hurricanes’ national championship team in 1991. However, he suffered an injury that left him unable to play for some time; he was replaced by Warren Sapp, who eventually made the NFL Hall of Fame. After taking time to recover, Johnson joined the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in 1995; however, they cut him after just a couple of months. Dwayne has spoken about how terrible his senior year of college was due to his injury and replacement on the Miami Hurricanes. He also said the cut from the Calgary Stampeders had a significant effect on him, leaving him depressed and at an all-time low. But, he said that his failures ultimately helped him; and since he became a successful wrestler and actor, we can all agree that he was right.
Although Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is perhaps most widely known in the United States, he has citizenship in other countries as well. His mother, Ata Johnson, is Samoan, and although she is an American citizen, Dwayne was notedly able to get Samoan citizenship through her and her immediate family. Johnson’s father, Wayde, is Canadian; so, he received Canadian citizenship in 2009, making him a citizen of three different countries. You could say Dwayne Johnson is a worldly man.
Dwayne Johnson is best known nowadays for his acting career; he started acting while he was still wrestling. In 1999, he made his debut in the field by playing in an episode of That ‘70s Show, in which he played his father. About a year after that, he took a role as an alien wrestler in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. His first theatrical role was in the film The Mummy Returns in 2001. He went on to play in other action films, including The Scorpion King, The Rundown, and Walking Tall. Other movies he’s done include a few of the Fast & Furious series, Hercules, San Andreas, and Central Intelligence. Dwayne Johnson also plays Spencer Strasmore in the television series Ballers. Some of his most popular movies are Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Moana. Johnson has become such an immensely sought-after actor that he is notedly one of the highest-paid in the field. He made $124 million in 2017, which made him the most financially successful actor from 2017 to 2018.