Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, where he won a national
championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team.
After being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL two months into the 1995 season, he
began training for a career in professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of various
family members, including his grandfather Peter Maivia and his father, Rocky Johnson, from
whom he inherited Canadian citizenship in 2009.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Johnson gained
mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 and
was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history.
He returned to WWE part-time from 2011–13 and continues to make sporadic appearances.
He is an eight-time WWF/WWE Champion, two-time WCW/World Champion, two times
WWF Intercontinental Champion and a five-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.
His autobiography The Rock Says… debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best
Seller list in 2000.