Uncut with Jay Cutler is back with another brand new episode and we’ve got another great guest joining the show this week. Sports fans will love this one as former NFL pro turned wrestling legend Bill Goldberg joins host Jay Cutler to talk about his various careers and so much more.
Bill Goldberg, simply known as Goldberg to wrestling fans, took the WCW by storm in the late 1990s. There were no gimmicks with the 6’4″, 285-pound wrestler who laid waste to everyone who entered the ring with him. Black trunks, bald head, and a goatee with a constant menacing look along with two fan-favorite finishing moves – The Spear and The Jackhammer – turned Goldberg into an overnight sensation. To this day, he’s the only man in history to have earned the WCW World Heavyweight, WWE World Heavyweight, and WWE Universal Champion belts. However, there’s much more to Goldberg’s career than just wrestling.
The 55-year-old grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he fell in love with football at an early age. His unique combination of size, speed, and skill made college scouts take notice as he earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Georgia. In 1990, the Los Angeles Rams drafted Goldberg, but he struggled to find his place in the league. He’d go on to have short stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. But injuries derailed his football career before he made the jump to wrestling, and eventually acting as well.
25 years after becoming one of the biggest names in all of wrestling, Goldberg joins Uncut with Jay Cutler to talk about his illustrious career. As a former SEC and NFL quarterback, you knew Jay would talk football with his guest. Of course, they get into Goldberg’s wrestling career as well as he talks about his transition from the NFL to the WCW. Goldberg even discusses creating his wrestling character and some of his early failures before things took off.
The guys also chat about Goldberg’s huge car collection, and they go over the wrestler’s new line of CBD and supplement products. We’ve got that and so much more with Bill Goldberg this week on Uncut with Jay Cutler.
Bill Goldberg Talks College Football Conference Realignment, Shares Concerns About NIL Deals
Considering both Jay Cutler and Bill Goldberg played in the SEC, you knew college football would come up in their discussion. In the last couple of years, the landscape of the game has changed quite a bit. The college game looks much different today compared to past years when they each played.
Universities are jumping ship as conference realignment continues to sweep the sport as many predict a Power 2 in the near future. Plus, student-athletes have more control than ever over their name, image, and likeness (NIL) because of the new NCAA rules. So Jay wanted to know Goldberg’s thoughts on the ever-changing game that they love.
“At the end of the day, I think it’s a great opportunity for certain schools. No question about it,” Goldberg said of conference realignment on Uncut with Jay Cutler. “But any opportunity for the players, for the kids, student-athletes – if you can even call them student-athletes anymore – any opportunity for these kids I’m for.”
However, Goldberg isn’t as sold on the new NIL deals, and neither is Jay. College players are finally cashing in on their popularity as some prominent players have sponsorship deals worth millions. But our host and his guest question if that’s the best thing for the sport and for the athletes themselves going forward.
“The NIL stuff, is that what it’s called? I’m not a big fan of that by any stretch of the imagination. But again, it’s a way to get these kids paid. But now they can do it legally from alumni. It’s a weird deal. What do you think about it?” Goldberg asked Cutler. “I mean I’m not a big fan of it to be honest.”
“Yea, I’m not a big fan of it either,” Jay Cutler agreed. “I was against it. I think we’re going down this wormhole with this NIL stuff. These kids are getting paid millions of dollars. And thing about it is, these are unknown quantities… You’re looking at all these donors and sponsors and stuff. They’re paying millions of dollars for literally a 17-year-old kid. And it’s just, I don’t know, it’s just going down a bad path I feel like.”
Bill Goldberg Opens Up About His Transition From the NFL to the WCW
As their conversation continued, the guys continued to talk about Goldberg’s time in the NFL. He only played a few years in the league and never really made his mark on the gridiron. Injuries didn’t help either, but by 1995 the defensive end was at a loss as to what he was going to do next with his life. That’s when two WCW legends, Sting and Lex Luger, talked him into giving a wrestling a shot.
When Goldberg was playing for the Atlanta Falcons, he used to work out at Sting and Lex Luger’s gym. Main Event Fitness in Atlanta was a homebase gym for numerous WCW wrestlers in the area. Little did Goldberg know that working out there would become the catalyst to a Hall of Fame wrestling career.
“So I rubbed shoulders with a lot of wrestling guys when I was with the Falcons. I became good friends with a lot of them,” Goldberg during his Uncut with Jay Cutler interview. “And they always tried to push me to do it. It wasn’t something I aspired to do by any stretch of the imagination. You know, football was my thing, and I was embarrassed to go out and be a wrestler.”
Yet money talks. As Goldberg’s NFL money was drying up, he knew he had to do something. So he finally took his friends up on their advice to get into wrestling.
“And then my accountant called one day and said, ‘You might want to get off your a** and got get a job.’ So then it became a possibility,” Goldberg added. “And I put everything I had learned on the football field and preparing for the NFL, preparing for playing in any level of the game, to the wrestling world. I like to think I did a fairly good job of transferring over.”
As they say, the rest was history. Bill Goldberg talks to host Jay Cutler about that and much more in this week’s new episode. Make sure to check out their full conversation in the video above, or tune in and listen to Uncut with Jay Cutler on Spotify, Apple, or wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.