Minnesota Vikings claim they were first to acknowledge tribal chief ahead of Wrestlemania

Professional wrestlers are often athletes from other spots with the most common being from the world of football. The likes of Bill Goldberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played major college football but they aren’t the only ones and the Minnesota Vikings know that all too well.

Minnesota Vikings claim they were first to acknowledge tribal chief ahead of Wrestlemania

The Vikings organization has turned out to be a hotbed for professional wrestling. They had multi-time WWE Champion and IWGP Champion Brock Lesnar on their training camp roster in 2004 where he almost made the team. They also had another future WWE Champion in Joe Anoai. You might know him better as Roman Reigns.

Reigns was with the Vikings in 2007 when they signed him as an undrafted free agent but released him shortly after when they noticed that he had a form of Leukemia.

“So, it was the very first day of rookie camp, we started out and went and did our physicals, which included blood work. As I was walking out, there were two trainers there to pretty much intercept me. So that’s where we went into the rabbit hole to find out the diagnosis of CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia). . .which is a form of leukemia. . .which is cancer of the blood.”

Reigns got treated and ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Canadian Football League before heading to wrestle in the WWE. In fact. Reigns and Lesnar have wrestled each other in the main event on three occasions.

The next time you think of professional wrestling or when you watch Reigns take on Cody Rhodes for the WWE Universal Championship on Sunday night, just remember the Vikings have more world championship reigns than any other NFL franchise.

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