Many NFL Draft analysts have projected Michigan guard Kyle Kalis as a fringe next-level prospect, but he sees his future a little differently.
During media availability Tuesday ahead of the Orange Bowl, Kalis said his future is in a different sport: professional wrestling.
“I’ll miss the physical aspect (of football),” Kalis said. “But wrestling will be a cool way to keep it up.”
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound redhead is not sure what his persona will be, but he said it will be something that will incorporate his Irish and German heritage. Kalis’s Michigan teammates and coaches have no trouble picturing him in the ring.
“He’s got size, he’s got the personality, he’d embrace it and be a good teammate,” said Wolverines offensive coordinator Tim Drevno. “He’d be a Tasmanian devil type, who’d climb into the ring and leap onto someone.”
Quarterback Wilton Speight joked that Kalis would be good as a “giant carrot,” and wide receiver Amara Darboh said he could see another Wolverine, fellow guard Ben Braden, joining Kalis in the ring.
“They’d tag team,” Darboh said.
The college football to professional wrestling transition isn’t unheard of. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson famously played football at Miami, and more recently Baron Corbin — who played at Northwest Missouri State — has made waves working his way up from World Wrestling Entertainment’s NXT circuit.