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Now a wrestler, Quinn Ojinnaka says NFL was just a job

Quinn Ojinnaka AP

Not many people leave the NFL for their dream job, but Quinn Ojinnaka has.

The former journeyman offensive lineman is trying to break in the ranks as a professional wrestler, and he admitted that his last few years in football weren’t quite fulfilling.

“I had no passion to play,” Ojinnaka told Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. “It wasn’t fun anymore. The last two years I was just collecting a check.”

Ojinnaka spent four years with the Falcons, then bounced from the Patriots to the Colts to the Rams. He turned down a chance to sign with the Bills in 2012, and now is devoting all his energies toward becoming a wrestler with the lower-level Ring of Honor company.
He’s also finding out that half the challenge is being able to talk a good game.

“I’ve trained so long physically in the ring, but my big moment on Pay-Per-View was just talking,” Ojinnaka said. “Honestly, it was the hardest thing ever.”

Harder, apparently, than showing up for a job most would dream of.

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20 Responses to “Now a wrestler, Quinn Ojinnaka says NFL was just a job”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 26, 2014 12:36 PM

    What’s really disturbing though is that some of the owners think of their teams as just a wealthy person’s toy and don’t really take things that seriously.

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 26, 2014 12:40 PM

    Unfortunately I fear there are plenty guys in the current NFL like Quinn. Just getting a check.

  3. beckzhere says: Jun 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    Quinn didn’t even earn his checks. He was horrible.

  4. conormacleod says: Jun 26, 2014 12:44 PM

    Big deal. I’ve been that for the last 20 years. Just waiting to retire.

  5. mistasofly says: Jun 26, 2014 12:49 PM

    Good Luck To Him, Alot Of Former Football Players Have Went On To Great Success In Pro Wrestling.

  6. godofwine330 says: Jun 26, 2014 12:49 PM

    It’s a pretty nice sized check to come and collect if you can get away with half-tailing it. It is a lot of work. People outside the game have no idea. Constant training, slamming into a wall for years upon years to get to the paid level. It may have started out fun, but I can see how it could weigh on a person and not be fun anymore. With a veteran minimum at $500,000 for a 3 years player, if you play your dollars right and don’t splurge on expensive trash like diamonds and paying for hangers on and the like you can leave the game a millionaire with your whole life ahead of you.

  7. vdogg says: Jun 26, 2014 12:54 PM

    Quite the inspirational story there….

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 26, 2014 1:02 PM

    Was a horrible football player. Lets hope that doesnt’t parlay in the squared circle and suck at that just like Steve “Mongo” McMichael.

  9. gotdressedinabooth says: Jun 26, 2014 1:03 PM

    hahaha he left you a $5 tip.

  10. craniator says: Jun 26, 2014 1:49 PM

    What is it with the Rams and offensive linemen ? They just can’t seem to catch a break. They spent the number two overall pick on Jason Smith in ’09 , paid a mint for Jake Long , then had to spend the number two overall pick on Greg Robinson again this year . . . the never ending carousel of O-linemen who don’t pan out in St. Louis keeps on spinning . . .

  11. skolnolombardilovers says: Jun 26, 2014 2:10 PM

    I guess a guy can have talent (you have too to become a pro football player) but it is also mental. But what kind of work ethic do you have to take all that money and not try.
    He would be a perfect Minnesota Viking

  12. zeusdagod says: Jun 26, 2014 2:15 PM

    I figured Laurenitis would be the first Ram Player to jump into the Ring!

  13. cakesw says: Jun 26, 2014 2:16 PM

    He just won the genetic lottery…

    He is an idiot. Every job is you get what you put into it.

    He won’t find that wrestling is any easier. It’s work, and it sounds to me like this guy is adverse to it. He just gets paid to be big.

  14. zeidvi00 says: Jun 26, 2014 2:19 PM

    YES! YES! YES! YES!

  15. bassplucker says: Jun 26, 2014 3:00 PM

    The [not so] mighty Quinn…

  16. Andee says: Jun 26, 2014 3:09 PM

    Just because you’re football sized or shaped doesn’t mean you love the game. I appreciate his candor, and find Gantt’s parting shot to be uncalled for.

    More people should realize the NFL is just a job. Not everybody loves their job. If he can earn for himself while he can, he deserves to do whatever he wants.

    Here’s hoping he saved a few checks though. ROH isn’t exactly the big time. Maybe give Jim Ross a call?

  17. Reynolds says: Jun 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    “He just won the genetic lottery…

    He is an idiot. Every job is you get what you put into it.

    He won’t find that wrestling is any easier.”
    ______
    Just because he won the genetic lottery doesn’t mean he should HAVE to play in the NFL if he’s not passionate for the game. He’s did what he had to do so he could pursue what he loves. Just like the rest of us.

  18. InFact says: Jun 26, 2014 3:23 PM

    He’ll be a valet in Las Vegas soon.

  19. earpaniac says: Jun 26, 2014 9:22 PM

    I’ve seen him wrestle, and I saw him on ppv talking. He did neither very well, but he’s very green and hopefully will improve.

  20. axespray says: Jun 27, 2014 5:33 AM

    “…becoming a wrestler with the lower-level Ring of Honor company.”

    They’ve probably been the only wrestling company worth watching in America. WWE has been terrible since Stone Cold retired.

    Stone Cold and The Rock = Peyton Manning.

    John Cena = Curtis Painter.

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