Bill Goldberg followed in the paths of many football players who have made the transition to become wrestling stars - he just did so faster and to a greater magnitude than anyone else in history.
In only his second year in the business, Goldberg became one of the biggest names the wrestling business has ever seen.
Goldberg was not a wrestling fan growing up, but instead focused most of his attention on football. An excellent player in high school, Goldberg starred as an All-SEC and All-American Nose Guard at the University of Georgia.
When his career as a Bulldog was over, he eyed stardom in the National Football League. Goldberg spent three seasons in the NFL and won the World Bowl with the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football before a torn abdominal muscle forced his retirement from football.
Goldberg turned his attention to professional wrestling, and in the course of a year and a half, quickly became one of the biggest stars in the sport, culminating with a pin of Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight championship.
He remains one of the most popular figures in the sport.
He has transcended wrestling by becoming the first legitimate athlete to become a wrestling superstar. Since then, he has been named one of the 100 most powerful people in the sports industry by The Sporting News and has graced magazine covers from Entertainment Weekly to TV Guide.
He has been featured in articles in People, Spin, Rolling Stone, Gear, and USA Today. His many talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly, Larry King Live, The Dennis Miller Show, Turn Ben Stein On, and The Man Show.
Recent motion picture starring roles for Goldberg include Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Universal Soldier II, and Ready to Rumble. He has guest-starred on HBO's Arli$$ and CBS's Yes, Dear.
He also hosted Automaniac for the History Channel.
The son of a concert violinist and a doctor, Goldberg was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.