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Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams booked for wrestling match

By Alex Butler
Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams booked for wrestling match
Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams will appear on a pay-per-view event for Impact Wrestling this summer. File photo by John Angelillo/ UPI | License Photo

June 9 (UPI) -- Free agent running back DeAngelo Williams is expected to compete in July for Impact Wrestling.

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Le'Veon Bell's former backup in March. Williams, 34, was the No. 27 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played his first nine seasons for the Carolina Panthers, leading the NFL with 18 rushing scores in 2008. Williams made his only Pro Bowl in 2009. In 2015, he led the league with 11 rushing scores while taking over for Bell in the Steelers' backfield.

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Impact Wrestling posted a video to Facebook on Monday showing Williams at its Nashville office.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported Thursday that Williams will compete in a July 2 tag-team match at the Slasmmiversary XV pay-per-view event. Williams will partner with Quinn 'Moose' Ojinnaka. Ojinnaka was an NFL offensive lineman for seven seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams.

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This won't be Williams' first time in the ring. In April, he appeared with Impact Wrestling in Orlando, partnering with former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge to save Ojinnaka from losing to Davey Richards. The Browns cut Barnidge later that month.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is also a huge wrestling fan. The All-Pro is friends with 'Mojo Rawley' and participated in WrestleMania 33 on April 2 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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Williams was in attendance for this year's Show of Shows.

Impact Wrestling was formerly known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

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