He wrestles. He’s a movie star. He played football. He’s even been a sports agent, a hockey player and the tooth fairy – okay, all that was on screen, not in real life. Still, it’s easy to ask the question, is there anything The Rock can’t do?
If there was a prop wager at sportsbettingsites.com asking this question, the only appropriate play would be no. That’s because when you take his entire body of work under consideration, there really doesn’t seem to be anything that Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock is incapable of achieving.
Believe it or not, that includes singing. He might not be Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby, but The Rock can croon. What he lacks in vocal range, The Rock makes up for what he’s lacking in professional training with his smooth, dulcet style. When he’s done, he’ll leave you feeling charmed, because that’s just what he does, no matter what he’s doing.
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Nothing To Moan About
The Rock tuned up his vocal chords to sing You Send Me, the legendary ballad first made famous by The Platters and later owned by Sam Cooke, during an appearance on the Tonight Show. When it was his turn, The Rock not only delivered the goods, he made the words melt like butter.
The folks at Disney must have taken notice. In the 2016 animated feature film Moana, not only did they cast The Rock to voice the character of Maui, they assigned a song for him to perform. In the movie, The Rock sings You’re Welcome, a song written by Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda.
If you thought that performing a tune penned by a Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, three-time Tony and three-time Grammy Award-winning, not to mention Academy Award-nominated songwriter would be intimidating, then you really don’t have any idea of what The Rock’s been cooking.
“Doin’ some sanging over here or as we say in the streets “I’m spittin’ that fire bruh!” The Rock tweeted out when his song was released for public consumption.
Before he became The Rock, Dwayne Johnson was a Hurricane. A Miami Hurricane, that is.
He was part of Miami’s 1991 NCAA Championship-winning squad. A backup defensive lineman, Johnson made one start in college.
He declared for the 1995 NFL Draft, but was not selected or offered a free-agent deal by any team. He headed north and signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. The Rock’s father, pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, was Canadian.
The roster of the 1995 Stampeders included quarterbacks Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia, both of whom would be NFL starting QBs. The Rock was signed to Calgary’s practice squad, but he was cut two months into the season.
“He was like a Greek god,” former Stampeder Stu Laird told the Globe & Mail. “The wives all loved him.”
During his rookie initiation, the charismatic Johnson displayed his pipes and his dance moves. All the players were required to sing a song in front of the veterans. Not only did The Rock belt out a tune, he performed a Samoan war dance.
“It was cool because we would never get to see anything like that,” former Stampeder Lubo Zizakovic remembered. “It was the coolest thing any of the rookies had done. And he got a standing ovation.”
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Skating And Recovering Teeth
In the 2010 film The Tooth Fairy, The Rock portrayed a hockey tough guy who is recruited to be the one who retrieves children’s teeth and leaves a gift for them. There was just one problem – he’d never been on skates.
“I grew up in Hawaii, which as we all know is the hotbed of hockey,” The Rock joked with the Windsor Star. “The truth is, I had never ice skated. It was pretty foreign.
“The very first time I got on the ice, probably in the first minute, I took a huge spill, landed on the back of my head and thought I’d separated my head from my spine. That was a very sobering moment.”
A recent poll showed that 46 percent of Americans would vote for The Rock if he ran for President. Running for the highest office in the land is something that he’s not willing to rule out.
“I do have that goal to unite our country and I also feel that if this is what the people want, then I will do that,” Johnson said recently during an appearance on the Today Show.