Former football player, star wrestler Ted DiBiase talks bullying, Miami Dolphins situation

 

The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase is a pro wrestling legend, but before the WWE Hall of Famer decided to step into a wrestling ring, he was a solid football player, competing collegiately on scholarship for West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) in the 1970s.

West Texas State is noted for football players who later became top notch professional wrestlers like Tully Blanchard, Bruiser Brody, Manny Fernandez, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham and DiBiase.

A member of a fraternity in college (Alpha Tau Omega), DiBiase opted to wrestle after an injury ended his senior year.

DiBiase recently discussed the Miami Dolphins situation involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.

DiBiase said: “Whether it’s wrestling or football or whatever, when you are the rookie or the new kid, there are things they will put you through to break you in. Some of it I think is fine, but when it comes to bullying, and on the level this appears to be, there is no place for that.

“I do school assemblies and talk to kids about bullies. Basically, in my opinion, most bullies are cowards because most bullies don’t pick on people their own size. They pick on someone smaller, or maybe not smaller like in this case, [rather] underneath you of rank. The whole I’m a veteran and you’re the rookie, and you’re going to smile and take it because I’m the veteran.

“There is no place for name calling. There is no place for racism, if in fact that is what is involved here. I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. Just from the stories I’ve heard, if I was owner of the team, I would have been appalled.”

Twitter: @MDMTedDiBiase

Web: www.milliondollarman.com.

Writer Scott Fishman provided the quotes from a recent interview he conducted with Ted DiBiase.

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