Thank B.C. Lions’ Wally Buono for giving us Dwayne The Rock Johnson

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In an Instagram video, actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson thanks CFL and B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono for cutting him from the team, which then set him on a path to becoming an entertainer.


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Blockbuster action star Dwayne Johnson gave a shoutout to the B.C. Lions’ Wally Buono this weekend, crediting the CFL coach for setting him on a path toward becoming the entertainer known as The Rock.

Johnson, who is currently in Hawaii filming Disney’s Jungle Cruise, shared a video to his Instagram over the weekend, explaining how his failed Canadian Football League stint made him the Hollywood star he is today.

The video appears to be have been filmed on Thursday, showing Johnson in his trailer while in costume, next to a television showing last week’s B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos game in Vancouver. The Lions won 31-23.

“I’m on the set of Jungle Cruise, I’m getting ready to head to set. Before I went to set, I look and on my TV live is the CFL game, Canadian football, between Edmonton and B.C., the B.C. Lions,” he says as a shot of Buono pacing the sidelines appears.

Cheers to dreams not coming true 🥃 Not an easy concept to process, but the idea that sometimes our biggest and most important dreams that DON’T COME TRUE are often times the BEST THING that never happened. I’m shooting JUNGLE CRUISE now and right before I get called to set, I look up and see a CFL (Canadian Football League) game on my TV. I do a double take and realize that’s the same field I played on when I played in the CFL. I do a triple take and see the very man who coached and mentored me, but ultimately had to cut me from the team, Wally Buono who is now head coach and GM of the BC LIONS in Vancouver. Playing ball, I was always the “hardest worker in the room” and did everything I could to make the CFL and then hopefully, make it to the NFL where I dreamed of having an All Pro/Super Bowl Champion football career. Instead, I was cut from the team, told I wasn’t good enough – and sent home with $7 bucks to my name. After years of blood, sweat, guts and tears, my dream was over. Fell into depression, didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Eventually, I picked myself back up again, said fuck this and refocused and committed myself to a different path. The rest is history. I’ve been there, so I encourage you to keep working hard and remember that sometimes our dreams that don’t come true, can ultimately become the best thing that never happened.

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“That guy right there, Wally Buono! Was my coach when I played in the CFL for Calgary. He was a mentor of mine, he ultimately cut me from the team but the reason 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 goes on to explain how being cut from the CFL meant his NFL dreams were also dashed but that it put toward a different career.

“But the point of this is to tell you guys – sometimes in life, something you want so badly, your dreams that don’t happen sometimes, they’re the best things that never happened.

“So for me, playing with 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.”

Johnson, a college football player, joined the Calgary Stampeders in 1995 but was cut after two months. Buono was the Stampeders head coach from 1990 to 2002. Johnson then went on to join the World Wrestling Federation, which then translated into film roles.

Johnson has frequently pointed to his brief time in the CFL as being a fateful turn of events that allowed him then to pursue a Hollywood career.

The actor is now filming Jungle Cruise alongside Emily Blunt. The adventure film is inspired by the Disney Parks Jungle Cruise riverboat ride, which dates back to the original California park’s opening in 1955. The film is expected in October 2019.

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