Former wrestler signs with Vikings

It may be more hype than a chance to make a significant contribution, but former Gophers heavyweight champion and WWE star Brock Lesnar took another step to fulfilling his NFL dream.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings signed former Golden Gopher NCCA heavyweight wrestling champion Brock Lesnar to a free agent contract.

The 27-year old who was the WWE world champion gave up his wrestling career to pursue a dream to play in the NFL. After two private workouts with the Vikings they felt he had enough potential as a defensive tackle to offer Lesnar a contract. The contract was reportedly for the league minimum of $230,000 and contingent on him making the final roster (NFL contracts generally aren't guaranteed).

He would receive considerably less if he were to make the practice squad. Regardless, it will be a significant pay cut from his WWE earnings.

Lesnar's progress and potential to make the regular season roster during training camp may be more hype than substance but either way it will be a closely followed story.

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