ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 29: Brennan Williams #73 of the Houston Texans during a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The NFL-to-WWE pipeline is still flowing strong. Former offensive tackle Brennan Williams began training to become the entertainment company’s next superstar on Monday at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

At 6-foot-7, 300 lbs. Williams is an imposing figure, and in addition to being a massive human being with an NFL pedigree he also owns a black belt in taekwondo.

Williams was an accomplished offensive tackle coming out of the University of North Carolina in 2013, and the Houston Texans snagged him in the third round of that year’s draft with the 89th overall selection. However, Williams missed his rookie season after suffering a knee injury and was released by the club in training camp before the 2014 season. He also tried to catch on with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots’ practice squad, but failed earn a roster spot with either team. He never played a down in an NFL game.

Following his release from the Patriots last October, Williams has been training with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T and performing in the wrestler’s lower level federation in Houston under the name Marcellus Black.

When the news broke that he would be getting his shot at the big time, no one was more excited than Williams himself.


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