#GlobalNews: “‘Best thing that never happened’: Dwayne Johnson thanks B.C. Lions’ Buono for slicing him from CFL staff”

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson instructed his 112 million Instagram followers about his transient stint within the Canadian Football League (CFL) and thanked B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono for uplifting him to better success.

During a break from filming his newest mission, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Johnson posted a video of himself watching the Lions on TV as they took on the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place.

The recreation introduced again recollections of his failure to crack the roster of the Calgary Stampeders, who had been then coached by Buono, which he stated turned out to be a turning level in his life.

Cheers to desires not coming true 🥃 Not a simple idea to course of, however the concept that generally our largest and most vital desires that DON’T COME TRUE are sometimes instances the BEST THING that by no means occurred. I’m capturing JUNGLE CRUISE now and proper earlier than I get referred to as to set, I lookup and see a CFL (Canadian Football League) recreation on my TV. I do a double take and notice that’s the identical discipline I performed on once I performed within the CFL. I do a triple take and see the very man who coached and mentored me, however in the end needed to reduce me from the staff, Wally Buono who’s now head coach and GM of the BC LIONS in Vancouver. Playing ball, I used to be at all times the “hardest worker in the room” and did all the pieces I may to make the CFL after which hopefully, make it to the NFL the place I dreamed of getting an All Pro/Super Bowl Champion soccer profession. Instead, I used to be reduce from the staff, instructed I wasn’t ok – and despatched residence with $7 bucks to my identify. After years of blood, sweat, guts and tears, my dream was over. Fell into melancholy, didn’t know what to do or the place to show. Eventually, I picked myself again up once more, stated fuck this and refocused and dedicated myself to a special path. The relaxation is historical past. I’ve been there, so I encourage you to maintain working laborious and keep in mind that generally our desires that don’t come true, can in the end turn into the perfect factor that by no means occurred.

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As the TV digicam reduce to the Lions sideline, Johnson factors out his former coach.

“That guy right there, Wally Buono, was my coach when I played in the CFL for Calgary,” Johnson stated.

“He was a mentor of mine. He ultimately cut me from the team, but the reason why I’m saying this is because it was such a defining time, that I appreciate that man so much. I appreciate playing on this very field.”

Johnson went on to say that getting reduce from the CFL, which primarily ended his dream of taking part in skilled soccer, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“Sometimes in life, one thing you need so badly, your desires that don’t occur generally, they’re the perfect issues that by no means occurred.

“So for me, playing in the NFL was the best thing that never happened. I thank you CFL, I thank you Wally Buono. To everybody out there, keep working hard. Sometimes, your biggest dreams that don’t come true are the best things that never happened.”


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Johnson has talked about his affection for Buono and the CFL up to now.

While filming Skyscraper in Vancouver this time final yr, Johnson posted a video the place he spoke of his love for the town.

“I was playing for the Calgary Stampeders, we were playing the B.C. Lions, I was so excited. Two days later I got cut, dreams shattered, sent home with seven bucks in my pocket.”

Johnson completed that video by telling his viewers the lesson he discovered is that the one factor we predict we would like could transform the improper path.

“So just have faith, and just keep that in mind and keep plugging away.”

Last week, Stampeders slotback Kamar Jorden tweeted a pre-game picture of himself carrying a No. 74 D. Johnson jersey.

Johnson thanked Jordan in a reply saying, “My career in the CFL was very short-lived but a lifetime of defining lessons.”

In a video posted to the B.C. Lions web site following final yr’s thank-you from Johnson, Buono described the longer term WWE and film star as an “upbeat kind of guy, very positive.”

“If I helped him in any way to be what he is today, then I feel privileged that I was able to do that,” he stated.

“I’m proud of him and for him to take a moment to acknowledge me makes me feel really good.”

— With information from Simon Little and The Canadian Press

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