The Rock posts inspirational message to college freshmen

We all know who Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is right? Former ten-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and now a movie megastar? What a lot of casual Rock fans probably don’t know is that he played on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes national championship team.

College Spun shared an inspirational Instagram post that Johnson shared on Friday afternoon. In the post, he talks about his time a freshman on the team and when he tore up his shoulder playing football. He wanted to quit and his grades began to suffer because of it. He talked about how he get his life straight and went on to play in three national title games throughout his career.

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Pre-season. 18yr old man child and ballin' so hard I was going to be the only freshman that season to not redshirt and play. Life was awesome. A week after this pic was taken I tore every ligament in my shoulder and had total reconstructive surgery destroying any chance of playing that season. Two months later I feel into depression, said "f*ck it", quit school and because of that I was immediately placed on academic probation. Life sucked. After realizing how much I screwed up, I made a commitment to my teammates, coaches and more importantly, myself to become better. I turned things around and after months of hard work I earned academic captain and we would go on to become National Champions and play for the title on two more occasions throughout my college career. The high times at The U of Miami were incredible and unforgettable. But gettin' my ass kicked with the hardest of low times are what taught me the greatest lessons. #Grateful #TheU #NationalChamps #HardestWorkersInTheGame #AndThankGodDormRoomWallsDontTalk #TBT

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It’s nice to know that even professional wrestlers and movie stars go through tough times. The Rock persevered through his adversity and became one of the most recognizable faces in both the wrestling world and Hollywood today.

The Rock’s message is simple. You can succeed at anything in life as long as you just believe in yourself.

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