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    I am trying to put something together that will help grow the sport of wrestling and I need help of who had geat wrestling careers in high school who are now pro athletes, (name football).

    A list of their high school accomplishments would be helpful if you know them.

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    NFL Players who wrestled

    Shane Olivea
    Alex Stepanovich
    Nick Leckey - TX State Champ
    Gregory Walker - State Finalist
    Jonathan Condo
    Zachary Wilson
    Chris Laskowski
    Luis Castillo, DT, San Diego Chargers (First Round Pick)
    Lincoln "Drew" Hodgdon, C, Houston Texans - CA State Champ
    Nick Hardwick
    Fred Weary, C, Houston Texans - AL State Champ
    Coy Wire, SS, Buffalo Bills - PA State Champ
    Kevin Breedlove - SC State Finalist
    Kevin Sampson - NJ State Champ
    Benjamin Claxton - GA State Finalist
    Trevor Johnson
    Clinton "C.J." Brooks, Jr.
    Tai Tupai
    Leon Robinson - GA State Runner-Up
    Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - 2x SC State Champ (First Round Pick)
    Eric Ghiaciuc, C, Cincinatti Bengals - MI State Champ
    Joey Hildbold
    Adam Seward, ILB, Carolina Panthers - NV State Champ
    Cody Johnson
    Rodney Michael
    Marques Harris - CO State Champ
    Larry Turner
    Andrew "Tyler" Lenda - District Champ
    Tim Anderson - OH State Champ
    Tony Pape
    Matt Roth - IA State Champ
    Mike Patterson, DT, Philadelphia Eagles (First Round Pick)
    David Pollack
    Tim Burrough - OK State Champ
    Antoineo Harris - IL State Champ
    Claude Harriott
    Scott Wells - TN State Champ
    Alex Lewis - District Champ
    Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins (#2 Pick)
    Rodney Leisle
    Nick Newton
    Sean Tufts
    Brian Save
    Kevin Atkins
    Josh Minkins - District Runner-up
    Tim Euhus
    Andrew Tidwell-Neal - MN State Champ
    Renaldo Works
    Patrick "Bucky" Babcock - IL State Champ
    Morgan Pears

    Art Baker, RB, Buffalo Bills
    Rhonde Barber, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Tiki Barber, RB, New York Giants
    Walter Barnes, DL, Washington Redskins - SEC Champ
    Eric Bateman, OL, New York Jets
    Harris Benton
    Brad Benson, New York Giants – PA State Champ
    Greg Boone, RB, Oakland Raiders
    Jeff Bostic*, C, Washington Redskins – SC State Champ
    Tedy Bruschi*, ILB, New England Patriots
    Bob Bruenig*, LB, Dallas Cowboys
    Phil Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles – 2x National Prep Champ
    Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers – PA State Runner-Up
    Jonathan Condo, LS, Dallas Cowboys - PA State Champ, Dapper Dan Champ
    Tom Cousineau*, LB, Cleveland Browns – 3rd State
    Tom Covert*, OT, Chicago Bears
    Chris Cooley, WR, Washington Redskins
    Roger Craig*, RB, San Francisco 49’ers
    Damien Covington, LB, Buffalo Bills
    Curley Culp*, DL, Kansas City Chiefs – NCAA Champ
    Larry Czonka**, RB, Miami Dolphins

    <table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="4"><tbody><tr> <td></td> <td>Hall of Fame Running Back from the Miami Dolphins, Larry Czonka, pounded opponents on the wrestling mat as well as the gridiron.</td></tr> </tbody></table>

    Rob Davis, ST, Green Bay Packers
    Dan Dierdorff**, OT, St. Louis Cardinals
    Donnie Edwards, OLB, San Diego Chargers
    Carl Edwards, San Diego Chargers – 3x MD State Champ
    Rob Essink, Seattle Seahawks – NCAA DII Champ
    Jim Everett, QB, New Orleans Saints
    DeMarco Farr, St. Louis Rams
    Patrick Flannery, OL, Houston Oilers
    Ed Flanagan, C, Detroit Lions
    Terrell Fletcher, RB, San Diego Chargers
    Bill Fralic*, G, Atlanta Falcons
    Doug France*, LT, Los Angeles Rams – OH State Runner-Up
    Frank Garcia, C, St. Louis Rams – 2x AZ State Champ
    William George, Chicago Bears – 2x PA State Champ
    Charlie Getty, RG, Kansas City Chiefs – 2x NCAA All-American
    John Gilmore, TE, Chicago Bears
    Kevin Glover*, C, Detroit Lions
    La’Roi Glover*, DE, Dallas Cowboys
    Mike Goff, G, Cincinnati Bengals
    Bob Golic*, DT, Cleveland Browns – OH State Champ
    Mike Golic, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
    Darien Gordon, PR/CB, Denver Broncos
    Scottie Graham, RB, Minnesota Vikings
    Tim Green, DE, Atlanta Falcons
    Kelly Gregg, NT, Baltimore Ravens, 3x KS State Champ
    Morlon Greenwood, OLB, Miami Dolphins
    Archie Griffin, HB, Cincinnati Bengals
    Nick Griesen, LB, New York Giants
    Randy Grossman, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
    John Hannah**, G, New England Patriots
    John Hartunian
    Carlton Haselrig*, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3x NCAA Champ
    Ron Heller, TE, Seattle Seahawks
    Chad Hennings, DT, Dallas Cowboys – IA State Champ
    Jay Hilgenberg*, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Runner-Up
    Orlando Huff, MLB, Seattle Seahawks
    Corey Hulsy, G, Oakland Raiders
    Bo Jackson*, RB, Oakland Raiders
    Mario Johnson, DT, New England Patriots
    Dahanie Jones, LB, New York Giants
    Henry Jordan**, DT, Green Bay Packers
    Dave Joyner, OL, Green Bay Packers
    John Jurkovich*, DT, Cleveland Browns
    Alex Karras, Detroit Lions
    Tim Krumrie*, DL, Cincinnati Bengals – WI State Champ
    Ernie Ladd, DL, Kansas City Chiefs
    Nick Lecky, C, - KS State Champ (in 2004 NFL Draft)
    Jess Lewis, LB, Houston Oilers

    <table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="4"><tbody><tr> <td>Ray Lewis, Pro Bowl Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, was a Florida 4A State Wrestling Champion at 189 lbs.</td> <td></td> </tr> </tbody></table>

    Ray Lewis*, Baltimore Ravens – 2x FL State Champ
    Ronnie Lott**, DB, San Francisco 49’ers
    Kirk Lowdermilk*, OL, Minnesota Vikings
    Sean Mahan, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Mike Malczyk, LS, New York Giants
    Joel Mackavicka, RB, Seattle Seahawks
    Steve Martin, DT, Houston Texans
    Mickey Marvin, RG, Oakland Raiders
    Napolean McCallum, RB, Oakland Raiders
    Randle McDaniel*, G, Minnesota Vikings
    Mark McDonald, SS, Arizona Cardinals
    Chris McIntosh, T, Seattle Seahawks
    Bryant McKinnie, T. Minnesota Vikings

    <table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="4"><tbody><tr> <td></td> <td>Future Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel was a wrestler before he was named to 12 NFL Pro Bowls.</td></tr> </tbody></table>

    Greg Meisner, DL, Los Angeles Rams
    Matt Millen*, LB, Oakland Raiders
    Ronald Moore, RB, Cleveland Browns
    James Mungro, HB, Indianapolis Colts
    Jim Nance, FB, New England Patriots – NCAA Champ
    Lorenzo Neal, FB, Tennessee Titans - NCAA Champ
    Stephen Neal, OL, New England Patriots – NCAA Champ
    Jeremy Newberry, C, San Francisco 49’ers
    Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers – PA State Champ
    Leo Nomellini*, T, San Francisco 49’ers – Big 10 Champ
    Jonathan Ogden*, OT, Baltimore Ravens
    Irv Pankey, Los Angeles Rams – 2x MD State Champ
    David Patten, WR, New England Patriots
    Scott Peters, G, New York Giants
    Bob Pickens, OL, Chicago Bears
    Jim Plunkett*, QB, Oakland Raiders
    Dave Porter, T, Green Bay Packers
    Mike Pyle, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Champ
    Rocky Rasley, G, Detroit Lions
    Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals
    Eric Rhett, RB, Cleveland Browns – FL State Champ
    Willie Roaf*, OT, New Orleans Saints
    Warren Sapp*, DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers – FL State Champ
    Mark Schlereth*, OL, Washington Redskins - Alaska State Champ
    Cory Schlesinger, LB, Detroit Lions - NE State Champ
    Steve Sefter, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, 2x PA State Champ & NCAA All-American
    Tony Siragusa*, DT, Baltimore Ravens – NJ State Champ

    <table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="4"><tbody><tr> <td>Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp was a Florida State Champion wrestler in High School.</td> <td></td> </tr> </tbody></table>

    Fred Smerlas*, Buffalo Bills - MA State Champ
    Bruce Smith**, DE, Washington Redskins
    Brad St. Louis, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
    Matt Suhey, RB, Chicago Bears
    Bill Szott, OL, Washington Redskins – NJ State Champ
    Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs – NJ State Champ
    Woody Thompson, RB, Atlanta Falcons – PA State Champ
    Jim Thorpe**, HB, New York Giants
    Mike Trgovac, DC, Carolina Panthers – OH State Champ
    Kyle Turley*, T, St. Louis Rams
    Ryan Turnbull, RB, Cleveland Browns
    Tommy Vardell, RB, San Francisco 49’ers
    Adam Vinatieri*, K, New England Patriots
    John Ward, OL, New York Jets – NCAA All-American
    Fred Weary, DB, St. Louis Rams
    Charles White*, HB, Los Angeles Rams
    Randy White*, DT, Dallas Cowboys
    Cory Widmer, LB, New York Giants
    Leo Wisniewski, NT, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts - PA State Champ
    Steve Wisniewski, G, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders - CA State Champ
    Ricky Williams*, RB, Miami Dolphins
    Coy Wire, LB, Buffalo Bills – PA State Runner-Up
    Greg Wojochowski, St. Louis Rams

    **Hall of Famer

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    Thanks for all the names. This will be extremely helpful.

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    Trevor Laws DE Philadelphia Eagles (MN State Champ)

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    Here's a link to a list that I put together a few years ago and posted to the FILES section at my Amateur Wrestling Fan Addicts Yahoo group of "famous folks who wrestled" -- including politicians, actors, CEOs, and athletes in other sports. It hasn't been updated in four years, but there may be something you can use there that goes beyond pro athletes, if that helps.


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    wow those lists are impressive!!! I really enjoyed reading them, thanks to both of you for putting those together.

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    Great List -
    You need to add World Champ next to Stephen Neal's name
    and 6X NCAA champ to Haslerig's name.

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    Not sure if you want to compile an exhaustive list, but Mike Pucillo, former O-lineman for the Bills and Redskins was a state champ from Brandon FL.

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    Thank everyone for the list. It will be very helpfull in trying to accomplish my goal and getting this put together.

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