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Hannibal gives football a whirl
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Devon Nicholson runs a drill during the Ottawa Redblacks open football try outs at Carleton University in Ottawa on Sunday. Photo by Matthew Usherwood, Ottawa Sun

As a professional wrestler, Devon Nicholson has had folding chairs cracked over his noggin and a coffee pot shattered into his face -- the end result being 52 stitches.

He had a three-year WWE contract in hand in 2009 before the wrestling company ripped up the deal after he found out he had Hepatitis C, something he says he got as a result of being bladed in a match against Abdullah the Butcher.

But the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder, who wrestles under the name Hanibal, had never stepped onto a football field -- until Sunday, as he lined up as a defensive end during the Ottawa RedBlacks tryout camp.

He's beaten the Hep C and gotten bigger and stronger again.

In his wrestling career, he's fought guys with names like Sycho Sid, Abyss, Terry Funk, Honky Tonk Man, Kevin Nash, Tommy Dreamer, Brutus Beefcake, Lanny Poffo and James Storm and once spent half hour in a ring with The Undertaker.


But it was different on Sunday. It was a whole new world, an eye-opener, but something the 31-year-old wanted to try.

"People have always told me I'd be good at football," said Nicholson, who says WWE will take another look at him in July. "I didn't expect anything out of today. But I can see why people like the sport. I've always had regrets of never playing football. Often when I'd finish an amateur wrestling match, the opposing coach would say, 'What school are you playing football for next year?'

"And with everything that happened to me in my wrestling career, I certainly wished I had given football a try."

He's returning to the wrestling ring for a May 10 card in Smith's Falls, then will be in Gatineau May 17 at Robert Guertin Arena.

"That's where all my experience is, so I'm going to give it a shot again," said Nicholson.

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  • Hannibal Devon Nicholson story archive
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