WWE tryout attracts college athletes
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku couldn’t stop smiling as he watched his brother, Evidence, in the ring during the final day of the WWE’s three-day talent tryout in Dallas.
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FRISCO, Tex. – Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku couldn’t stop smiling as he watched his brother, Evidence, in the ring during the final day of the WWE’s three-day talent tryout during WrestleMania Week in Dallas. He was living a dream they both had but one he never really knew how to pursue.
It was the first tryout exclusive to current and recently graduated college athletes and the first to take place at a professional sports training facility – The Star, which is the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys.
Evidence, who was a tight end at UCLA and Miami (FL), was among 50 male and female participants with collegiate athletic backgrounds who took part in the tryout. Like many of the other athletes at the tryout, Evidence, 23, grew up as a WWE fan and dreamed of one day getting in the ring but never really knew how to become a WWE Superstar.
At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Evidence was encouraged to follow in the footsteps of his older brother David, who is 25 and was taken in the first round by the Browns after playing tight end at Miami (FL). There is a clear path to stardom in the NFL. Excel at high school football, get recruited by a big-time college program, excel on the college level, showcase your ability during the NFL Combine and get drafted by an NFL team. That was the path David took but it wasn’t the path for Evidence.
Evidence transferred to Nevada last August around the time the WWE announced it would be holding a tryout before SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and encouraged athletes to register at WWERecruit.com. While Evidence didn’t participate in the Las Vegas tryout, a simplified pathway had been created for him and other athletes who dreamed of becoming a WWE Superstar but never knew how to go about trying out for the company.
“If they had this when I was younger, I would have definitely been intrigued,” said David, who has recorded 148 receptions, 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Browns. “I would have definitely wanted to do something like this. I’m so happy to see them progressing and doing something like this and finding new ways to bring in great talent and great athletes. This is an incredible way to do that.”
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