An unconventional look into the Commanders’ drafting history
By Jonathan Eig
Old timers may remember that in 1975, George Allen made it publicly known that he was considering signing wrestling superstar Andre the Giant to an NFL contract. This was merely a publicity stunt as neither side was genuinely interested. But George Allen did give a tryout to another athlete who would eventually become a standout professional wrestler. So did Washington’s other two iconic coaches, Vince Lombardi and Joe Gibbs. (Sorry, Ray Flaherty – you are iconic too, but I don’t know if you ever recruited a wrestler.)
So here’s your obscure Washington football trivia question – what three men, each of whom would go on to successful careers in professional wrestling – were given tryouts by Vince Lombardi, George Allen, and Joe Gibbs? Two were cut, while the third lasted one season on the taxi squad.
(And, by the way, if you are in fact the type who keeps a running list of greatest supplemental draft picks in team history, you need more of a challenge. There were only five total.)