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Lesnar has the body and mind to make it
By CYRUS
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In what has become huge news in the mainstream and wrestling media, former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar signed with the Minnesota Vikings last week after working out for head coach Mike Tice. Lesnar signed for the rookie minimum salary of $230,000, which he'll only receive if he makes the team.

If, as many are predicting, he plays on the practice roster, he will only make $85,000. Tice mentioned in the Minneapolis press this week that he likes giving local kids a shot (Lesnar is from the area) and that Lesnar had performed well in a 50 minute workout consisting of various football drills, including ones with offensive linemen.

I hate to say I told you so, but I did mention on these pages several weeks ago that Lesnar would catch on somewhere, likely with the Vikings. I felt that his lack of experience in football would be balanced by his incredible athleticism, strength and mental toughness from years of elite level amateur wrestling. The physical training associated with that sport is far more intense than anything in football.

At 6-foot-4 and 286 pounds, Lesnar ran a 4.75 second 40-yard dash, less than two months after injuring his groin in a motorcycle accident! Lesnar is listed as benching 475, which with his long arms is very impressive (I would bet he can do more) and a near 700 pound squat with a 35-inch (almost three feet) vertical leap.

There are few men of that size with those types of numbers. Jeff Fisher the former strength coach and trainer for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who owns and runs Elite Performance Centres and trains elite-level and professional athletes from several sports, says athleticism may not be enough for Lesnar to actually crack the roster.

"Honestly, that athletic ability is about one tenth of what it will take" Fisher said. "we had a guy come to Bombers camp a few years ago who had a similar body and numbers, and Wade Miller took him out on the field and made him look like a six-year-old. We coined a phrase after that: "looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" laughed Fisher.

Fisher added that in Lesnar's case, with his athleticism and what he went through to accomplish what he did as an NCAA heavyweight amateur wrestling champion, he thinks he will end up sticking with the Vikes this year.

"A guy like this in an unbelievable find athletically. He may not crack the regular squad the first year, but I think he will be a part of the team and become a Vikings favourite," Fisher said. "The problem is, he will be playing against guys who are the cream of the crop, who have been playing since they were six years old, but hey, stranger things have happened -- my buddy Wade Miller plays for the Bombers."

What is clear is that Lesnar is not afraid to take chances, as he did by walking away from his WWE deal to pursue his dream. Sounds like he might just have a new career on his hands.

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