Before Jared Allen, another larger than life personality wearing the number 69 lined up at Defensive End for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2004, following Wrestlemania XX, current UFC Heavy Weight Champion Brock Lesnar gave pro football a shot. Ever since his wrestling days at the University of Minnesota in the late 90's, Lesnar had dreamed of one day taking his "talents" to the National Football League.
During his brief stint as an NFL Defensive End, Lesnar's WWE "showmanship" was well received by the fans, but was viewed as a sign of disrespect by fellow NFL players. Lesnar's intensity led to several "in the heat of moment" fights.
During a scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lesnar nearly caused an all out brawl after laying out Chiefs' QB Damon Huard. Interestingly, Jared Allen was a Rookie Defensive End on that very same Chiefs team, having been taken in the 4th Round out of Idaho State in 2004 Draft. Like Lesnar, Allen was also trying to prove he belonged in the NFL.
After briefly playing in the preseason, the 6'4" 290 pound Lesnar was cut by the Vikings, ending his NFL Career. He was later offered a chance to refine his skills in NFL Europe, but turned the opportunity down because it would take him too far away from home (Minnesota). Several years later, the decorated NCAA and WWE Wrestler would reappear in a sport known as Mixed Martial Arts, the rest is history.
Fortunately for Brock Lesnar fans, his days as a "would be" NFL pass rusher were captured on cardboard. Lesnar may not have survived the cut, but four of his Football Rookie Cards did, in the process creating four of the most unique hidden treasures in the world of sports cards.
2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #155 Brock Lesnar Rookie
2004 Leaf Rookies and Stars Brock Lesnar 737 999 #155 RC CARD WWE MMA