NFL News: Free Agent Rusher Ditches Football to Focus on New Endeavor

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/12/17 03:18AM EDT
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In NFL news, a free agent running back is leaving football for a moment to focus on another sport. DeAngelo Williams, a one-time Pro Bowler, is spending time this offseason training for a wrestling match. He is set to appear on Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary pay-per-view on July 2.

In a statement released by Impact Wrestling on its website, Williams shared that he is a "huge" professional wrestling fan. He offered his upcoming match to the wrestlers he has been watching in the past and present. 

"I respect the sport, the wrestlers and everything that comes with it. You're going to get everything I have inside the IMPACT WRESTLING ring; I'm going to try to show off my athletic ability," Williams added. 

According to ESPN, Williams' match for Impact Wrestling is a tag team contest. The 34-year-old is going to team up with ex-NFL player and reigning Impact Grand Champion, Quinn "Moose" Ojinnaka. Their duo is set to take on Chris Adonis and Eli Drake. 

It is uncertain if this signifies that Williams is done in the NFL. The Washington Post mentioned in a report that despite dabbling in professional wrestling, the rusher has the desire to sign with a team. 

Unfortunately, the free agency market for aging running backs is not that great this year. One example was Adrian Peterson, who spent some time being available and had to meet with three teams before being signed by the New Orleans Saints. 

Williams played for the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers prior to his time as a free agent. Carolina selected him with the 27th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He represented the Panthers for nine seasons. In 2015, he headed to Pittsburgh and inked a two-year deal with the Steelers. 



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