WWE takes over NFL training camps
If social media is any indication, WWE’s influence has taken NFL training camps by storm. It started with two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair visiting the Atlanta Falcons training camp and now the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants are following suit.
Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman acted out a WWE-inspired skit on Tuesday with teammates Jermaine Kearse, Bradley Sowell and Doug Baldwin to the delight of fans in attendance, The Seattle Times and Washington’s News Tribune reported.
“Sherman played the part of the dude getting ‘slammed,’ The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell wrote. “Kearse pantomimed runs into the ropes and bouncing back to Sherman for an ‘Atomic Drop.’ Baldwin pretended to drop elbows and jump from a make-believe top rope.”
During a press conference after practice, Sherman suggested he hasn’t ruled out a WWE career following his time on the gridiron.
“You never know what your second career is,” Sherman told reporters. “I don’t know if I’m going to be a photographer, WWE star, commentator or journalist.”
Reporters covering the New York Giants training camp have also taken note of WWE’s influence with the entrance themes of The Undertaker and D-Generation X playing during timeouts.
WWE Week rolls on at #Giants. They just played the extended Undertaker theme. Jim Johnston should be considered on par with John Williams.— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) August 17, 2016
WWE’s presence in the NFL is evident so far during the preseason and it will undoubtedly grow when the regular season commences Sept. 8.