Dwayne Johnson started playing football when he was in high school at the age of 14. He went to Freedom High school, Bethlehem Pensylvania. By his senior year he had won player of the year award.
He got a four year scholorship with the Miami Hurricanes and from there went on to the university of Miami.
In 1975 he ruptured two discs in his back, he choose rest and small amounts of playing over surgery but lost his chance of being in the NFL due to the injury.
He graduated in 1995 with degrees in Exercise physiology and criminology.
He signed a football contract with the CFL calgary stampeders. He earned $400 a week for a season