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WWE recruiting former NFL players

05/22/2013 3:16 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

The WWE has had success with former football players like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.(AP)
The WWE is building a recruiting program for ex-NFL players.

Representatives from WWE are meeting with the NFL Player's Association in Washington DC this week to set up the framework for encouraging former players to pick up wrestling after their football playing days are done.

Jim Ross, a WWE announcer who assists in the company's talent development, said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that guys that don't make an NFL 53-man roster should consider making the jump to wrestling.

"Some guys are going to be looking for work, and we've got some job openings. Maybe we can put the synergies of those two entities together and create something wonderful some day."

Hoping to build on the success of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, World Wrestling Entertainment is hoping to attract more NFL talent to the ring. Johnson is a former University of Miami defensive lineman who never found a roster spot in the NFL, but became a major WWE and Hollywood star.

As part of its talent development effort, WWE recently announced plans to build a new training center in Orlando, Fla., where its developmental program will be based.

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