With the muscle mass he has now, it’s hard to believe that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first career as a professional football player didn't pan out.
But even if injury hampered his NFL career back then, things are looking pretty good nowadays for Johnson. He's the highest-paid actor in the world—unless you count his pal Kevin Hart—and probably more in-demand than anyone else in Hollywood. (He's apparently too busy to film G.I. Joe 3, for one thing.) The star of Fast 8, Jumanji, and Central Intelligence has been box-office gold over the years, and much of that success has been earned in number sports-related projects throughout his career.
The transition into sports roles was natural for the former Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman. At 6′ 5″, 260 pounds, the goliath of muscle and strength looks natural playing the part of an athlete. Whether it's as a former football player trying to find his footing or the meanest, toughest hockey player to take the ice, Johnson brings his full personality to an athletic character.
Here is a look at The Rock’s best sports roles: