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WWE signs former NFL player Brennan Williams

Houston Texans' Brennan Williams walks to the practice fields for the NFL football team's workouts Monday, May 20, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Former NFL offensive tackle Brennan Williams has signed a contract with WWE, the company announced Monday. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Williams is expected to report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando Monday.

Williams was drafted into the NFL by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season with a micro fracture in his knee, and was later released from the team in July 2014. Williams had a few more chances to make an NFL roster, having only brief stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots before being let go by both teams.

Shortly after his professional football career came to an end, Williams made his way back to Houston in hopes of becoming a professional wrestler. Former WCW and WWE star Booker T took the former University of North Carolina standout under his wing, preparing him for a career inside the squared circle.

Now known as Marcellus Black, Williams made his pro wrestling debut on Feb. 1 with Reality of Wrestling.

Williams is the latest former NFL player to jump into a career of professional wrestling.

Four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar spent about a month playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 2004 before embarking in a career with the UFC in 2008.

Recent main-roster call-up Mojo Rawley, whose real name is Dean Muhtadi, played in four preseason games with the Green Bay Packers in 2009 before heading to NXT years later.

WCW standout Bill Goldberg spent some time with the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers before his NFL career officially came to an end in 1995.

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