Brock Lesnar tried many jobs before settling on pro wrestling. He worked as a demolition worker for a construction company, briefly played in the NFL, and fought in the UFC octagon.
Besides those jobs, Brock Lesnar also attempted to join the Army National Guard when he was only seventeen years old. However, he couldn’t work in the local artillery supply unit due to a genetic condition that made him red-green color blind. Instead, he got the opportunity to be part of the Guard in a clerical role.
Brock Lesnar failed to join the army
In his book called “Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival,” Lesnar wrote about why his dream of joining the Army National Guard failed.
“I was seventeen years old, on my way to Fort Leonardwood, Missouri… The only problem was that I went into the Guard to join the local artillery supply unit. We worked with explosive charges that were coded red and green. That’s what I wanted to do. But after an eye test, which showed that I am red-green color-blind, I was assigned to clerical duty. Can you see my big a** sitting at a computer screen all day? That was not exactly what I had in mind when I signed up. Lucky for me, I couldn’t pass the typing test, and that was the end of my Guard career,” Lesnar wrote.
However, the nine weeks he spent with the Army National Guard had a positive effect on his life, and he confessed that he came back home as a better person.
Lesnar tried other sports
In 2004, Brock Lesnar left WWE to try his luck in football with the NFL. He joined the Minnesota Vikings in July 2004 but got released on August 30 of that same year.
Yet, this setback didn’t discourage him and provided an opportunity to try something different from pro wrestling.
“I know some people didn’t believe me at the time, but getting cut wasn’t a huge deal for me. I never thought of myself as a football player. I was just trying to do anything but pro wrestling. I just wanted to change everything about my life. I went pretty damn far during my little flirtation with the NFL,” he said.
After his NFL career, he wanted to return, but Vince McMahon refused to sign him. Lesnar returned to the WWE in 2012, and on WWE RAW, he shocked everyone by giving John Cena an F5.