Two former college football players are finally going pro: in wrestling. The WWE released a statement welcoming 12 new recruits for training at the league’s training facility in Orlando, Florida.
Former Syracuse offensive lineman Omari Palmer and former Michigan wide receiver Ricardo Miller are headed from the gridiron to the ring. Here’s the official announcement from the WWE.
“Twenty-four-year-old Palmer is a 6-foot-3, 350-pounder who was a member of the Syracuse Orangemen’s offensive line,” the WWE said in a statement. “Originally from Coram, N.Y., Palmer also played basketball and lacrosse, as well as wrestled, in high school. The imposing big man attended a WWE Performance Center tryout in June 2018.”
Palmer made 24 career starts for the Orange before missing the majority of his senior year due to injury.
Meanwhile, Miller kicked off his college football career with Michigan and then with UMass. He’ll join former Michigan gymnast Stacey Ervin who signed to the WWE Performance Center last year.
“Miller, 26, was a speedy tight end/wide receiver who played at the University of Michigan (where he was a member of the 2011 Sugar Bowl Championship team) and, later, the University of Massachusetts,” the WWE said in the statement. “After college, he joined the Saarland Hurricanes in the German Football League. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 220 pounds, Miller, like Palmer, impressed WWE scouts at last June’s tryout in Orlando.”
The pair join Bill Goldberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson as former football players to take their talents to the ring.