The truth behind six Andre the Giant legends

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January 31, 2013

True or false? Andre the Giant was drafted by the Washington Redskins.

In 1975, with Andre the Giant’s celebrity reaching international renown and the Washington Redskins’ defensive line in desperate need of improvement, Tim Temerario, the team’s director of player personnel, had a bright idea. He’d offer a tryout to “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and either end up with a dominate linebacker or a few good headlines for the Redskins.

Whether Temerario was earnest in his offer is unclear, but a press conference was held in a Washington restaurant with both the giant and Mr. McMahon in attendance. But after fielding a few questions and posing for some photos, Andre and the budding executive moved on to the next WWE event and an official tryout never took place.

Much later, in Michael Krugman’s fascinating 2009 biography, “Andre the Giant: A Legendary Life,” Mr. McMahon admitted that the whole thing was a publicity stunt, but stories of “The Eighth Wonder of the World’s” would-be gridiron career persist to this day.

There’s a flag on the field for this legend. It’s FALSE.

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