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Brock talks
By JOHN POWELL -- Co-producer, SLAM! Wrestling




For Brock Lesnar, leaving a successful WWE pro-wrestling career behind is about having the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream and having more time to spend with his friends and family.

Granting an exclusive interview to KFAN Sports Radio in Minnesota, on Tuesday morning, Lesnar praised the WWE for all their support but admitted that the grueling travel schedule was making his life miserable.

"It really boils down to money doesn't mean jack to me at all. It is just about being happy. Life on the road to me wasn't fun any more," Lesnar told KFAN. "I wasn't getting to watch my daughter grow up at all and every time that I came home she was doing something new."

Lesnar said that he bought his own personal plane hoping that it would make the travel schedule more bearable but it didn't. He told WWE-owner Vince McMahon about his intention to quit the business two and a half weeks before WrestleMania XX. The decision really didn't come as a surprise to McMahon.

"He noticed that I have been very unhappy over the last six months before WrestleMania. I was dealing with internal things. I was very unhappy on the road and very unhappy being away from home. Basically, I was flat-out tired of travelling. Not everybody understands the kind of travel that a professional wrestler does. I was sometimes on the road 24 days straight," said Lesnar.

Lesnar had nothing but praise for how the WWE treated him in the time he was there. Following a prominent amateur wrestling career at the University of Minnesota which culminated in him winning the NCAA National Wrestling Championship in 2000, Lesnar was offered a position in WWE's training ground - the Ohio Valley Wrestling promotion. Seeing how well he improved and adapted to the pro wrestling business, the WWE signed him to a full-time contract with the company. Lesnar evolved to become a mainstay and main eventer on the WWE's weekly Smackdown! broadcast. Lesnar's first World Championship title win in the WWE came when he defeated The Rock in 2002. Brock became the stalwart WWE Champion beating Kurt Angle twice for the belt in 2003. Lesnar fought and lost to Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania XX.

"I had three wonderful years with the WWE and I was very happy. They took care of me really well," said Lesnar. "I made some damn good money. I enjoyed and loved being in the ring and entertaining people."

Though he hasn't played football since high school, Lesnar is confident that he will be able to secure a try-out with an NFL team even if it isn't his hometown Minnesota Vikings. In a few days, Lesnar and his agent are heading down to Phoenix to check out the AFC's "Excelleration and Performance" program. Lesnar won't rule out a tenure in the CFL either, if it will secure him a spot on a U.S. team.

"I am up for anything. Whatever it is going to take me to get on a team in the U.S. Hopefully, I am better than that. Hopefully, I can excel and go above and beyond that but whatever it is going to take," said Lesnar when asked by a listener about a possible football career outside of the NFL.

Based on his size and attitude, Lesnar feels that he has what it takes to excel in the NFL if he is given the chance.

"I was a successful sports entertainer, professional wrestler, and I believe that I am young enough, healthy enough, athletic enough and crazy enough to step on the football field so I will see what happens," said Lesnar who doesn't want to grow up without having at least given a shot at a career on the gridiron.

Despite the disparaging reaction to him from the crowd at WrestleMania XX who had learned of Lesnar's intentions days before the show aired, Lesnar is not ruling out a possible return to the squared circle.

"I had a great life with the WWE. I am not saying that maybe some day that I won't go back there but as of right now, I am 100 percent and want to try everything that I can in my power to get a try-out with any team. I don't care who it is," said Lesnar.



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