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The Bill Goldberg/Jim Haslett Connection

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 7, 2012 – 12:16 pm

(AP photo)

In one of the more interesting nuggets of the morning, it was discovered that legendary professional wrestler Bill Goldberg once played for Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Goldberg talked about the connection on Thursday’s episode of “4th and Pain,” the wrestling-centric show hosted by Redskins’ defensive end Adam Carriker and co-host, Chuck Carroll.

Goldberg, who starred as a defensive end at the University of Georgia, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1990 NFL Draft, but briefly left the NFL for a spot on the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football, which, in 1992, won the world championship.

A defensive assistant coach on that championship Surge team? Haslett.

“To be able play, win a world championship in the World Football League and be coached by a defensive coordinator so cool as Jim Haslett, I have to pinch myself every day,” Goldberg told Carriker and Carroll. “Anytime you can play the sport [with] a coach that you respect because of his playing days and that you revere because of his mentality, you’re an extension of him, obviously, by being part of the defensive team. It was an honor, and probably the best football experience of my life.”

After playing with the Rams in 1990 and with the Surge from 1991 to 1992, Goldberg was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played from 1992 to 1994. He then suffered a career-threatening abdomen injury, and although he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, Goldberg never played another down in the league.

He went on to do alright for himself, however, becoming a two-time WWE world champion and one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.

Goldberg, who remains an avid NFL fan, also shared his thoughts about the Redskins heading into the 2012 season:

“I think it’s an exciting time,” he told Carriker and Carroll. “[They] obviously always want to be the best team that they can be, but throughout the past, probably, 10 years, they haven’t been that. But I think with the talent that they have, with the schedule coming up, there’s nothing but a bright future for the Redskins now. I think they’ve turned things around — I think there’s nothing but happy days ahead and a lot of pain for their opponents.”

It’s always good when a wrestling champ predicts pain for those standing in the Redskins’ way.

Here’s the full interview with Goldberg on 4th and Pain:

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