There is a philosophy that adversity builds character, but megastar actor Dwayne Johnson has shown that adversity can also build greatness. Experiences such as living in poverty and being evicted at an early age have molded Johnson into “The Rock” he is today. But in addition to the economic struggles of growing up as his family, there are many other factors that helped inform his personal growth. One of which was a difficult relationship with his long-term girlfriend.
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It was football that connected Johnson to his first love. With average grades in school, Johnson could only further his education through sports.
“It was a complete change in my psychology,” Johnson explained. Sports Illustrated. “Suddenly I got the chance to be the first person in my family to go to college. I got obsessed with making it.”
His passion for football paid off by offering Johnson a full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he met Garcia.
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Johnson experienced two breakups close to each other. His first breakup was with football, the second with Garcia.
Despite his commitment to the sport, Johnson could not join the NFL. He later tried to fulfill his dreams by playing for the Canadian Football League, but was cut short within a few months.
Soon after, his longtime girlfriend at Garcia broke up with him.
“That was my worst time,” he said in an interview daily Express. “I got to the point where I didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”
Slowly, Johnson had to digest the reality that his life might not be the way he had imagined.
“I always had a very specific vision about my future, I was going to be Michael Strahan: I would win a Superbowl with the Giants. I would have a beautiful wife, a big house,” he said Sports Illustrated. “But I couldn’t walk away from football on my own terms, and it kindled a fire that still burns. I wanted the life I had imagined, but I had to find another way.”
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After living with his parents for a few months, Johnson received a call from the head coach of the CFL. They were giving Johnson a second chance.
“My dad said, ‘You’re going to do it, okay? Johnson said in an interview My. “I said, ‘No, I don’t think so. I think I’m done with it. And he goes, ‘What?’”
Johnson told his father, the late wrestler Rocky Johnson, that he planned to follow in his footsteps in wrestling. But his father was not thrilled about Johnson’s career change. “He said, ‘You’re throwing it all away.’”
But Johnson stuck to his guns. After persuading his father to train for wrestling, Johnson was on his way to joining WWE. His newfound path and strength lead him to a reunion with Danny Garcia. The two married in 1997 before welcoming their daughter Simone Johnson. Although the couple divorced in 2008, Johnson and Garcia are still close. Garcia manages Johnson in many of her business ventures, and the two are still very good friends today.
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