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Baylor’s 410-pound tight end has plans for the WWE

LaQuan McGowan celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl.
LaQuan McGowan celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Baylor coach Art Briles made LaQuan McGowan almost famous by turning the 400-pounder into a pass-catching, touchdown-rumbling tight end.

It all started in the Cotton Bowl following the 2014 season with this play.

The next spring, Briles moved McGowan from guard to tight end. He caught only two passes for 23 yards last season, but both went for touchdowns. And you can see why.

Now McGowan is preparing for a potential future in the NFL. He’s hoping to be a late-round selection or catch on with a team as undrafted free agent. But the big man from Amarillo is also plotting a career beyond football.

“I feel like once that’s over with, the WWE is calling my name,” McGowan told SB Nation.

McGowan said he’s been in touch with people that can help facilitate a move to the WWE when the time is right. Those people include WWE Hall of Fame announcer and avid Oklahoma Sooners fan Jim Ross.

Interestingly, it’s not as if McGowan is a lifelong WWE fan. In fact, he says he just started watching wrestling recently, and even more recently started to give thought to the possibility of becoming a professional wrestler.

“I’ve watched it on TV,” McGowan said. “I’ve thought about, ‘What would be something good or something that I would enjoy doing for a decent, for a long period of time?’ For big guys in the NFL, they really don’t last that long.”

That might be true, but McGowan is optimistic that he will get his shot in the NFL to prove that his biggest asset isn’t, well, his size. He possesses considerable agility and balance for a big man. It will be up to an NFL coaching staff to decide at which position he can be most successful.

Then he can start mulling a most successful WWE nickname.

“I’ve been thinking, and I can’t come up with a nickname,” McGowan said. “But I’ll get one. It’ll be the best nickname you’ve got out there, too.”

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