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Former WWE Star Was First Player Ever Cut in Panthers Franchise History

David Kaestle
Bill Goldberg  during the 1990 Peach Bowl.
Bill Goldberg during the 1990 Peach Bowl. / Jim Gund/Getty Images
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There are plenty of celebrities that used to play college or professional football, from Terry Crews to The Rock and Brock Lesnar. One name people might not know about is Bill Goldberg, or as most professional wrestling fans know him, "Goldberg."

Once upon a time, Goldberg played college ball at the University of Georgia, and after college, similar to the Rock, he got his NFL training camp shot. But also like The Rock, it ultimately didn't work out.

However, Goldberg does hold one unique distinction during his very brief time in the NFL world. In 1995, there was a new expansion NFL team in Charlotte, North Carolina, called the Carolina Panthers. When they opened their first-ever training camp, they would have to make some cuts to get down to their final 53-man roster.

Goldberg was in that camp, and he was actually the first player ever cut by the Panthers in their first season as an official franchise. It's certainly not a distinction someone would be excited to have, especially at the time, but it makes for a cool and shocking answer to a trivia question.

Goldberg went on to have an extremely successful career in both the WCW the WWE, along with a few acting gigs. While he was surely upset at the time, he probably wouldn't trade how things turned out for him.

Sometimes you can't always see the silver lining right away, but there definitely was one in this case.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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