Remember When UFC Star Brock Lesnar Tried Out for the Minnesota Vikings?

As Brock Lesnar is set to face Mark Hunt for the heavyweight championship at UFC 200, STACK looks back at his brief stint with the Minnesota Vikings.

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is many things. He's an NCAA wrestling champion from the University of Minnesota. He's one of the WWE's biggest attractions. He's also a former UFC heavyweight champion who returns to the Octagon tonight to fight in UFC 200. What you may have forgotten, though, is that Lesnar was once a member of the Minnesota Vikings, albeit briefly, in 2004.

Lesnar played as an enormous defensive lineman both in training camp and pre-season with the Vikings that summer, though that's as far as his NFL career would go. He hadn't played the game since high school and was brought in for a tryout simply because of his 6-foot-2, 285-pound frame. That was a long time ago, part of Lesnar's career résumé that seemed lost forever—until the NFL decided to release footage of some of his 2004 pre-season highlights.

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As big as he is, you can tell that Lesnar lacks the skill or proper form to succeed as a defensive lineman. He repeatedly gets pushed backwards or thrown down at the line of scrimmage. Still, the announcers comment on how hard Lesnar worked;  and perhaps if he'd chosen football straight out of college, he could have developed into a decent player.

Lesnar takes on Mark Hunt in tonight's UFC main event.


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