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Report: Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson has ‘interest’ from multiple NFL teams

Gable Stevesonan Olympic gold medalist and former Minnesota According to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, the wrestling national champion received interest from multiple NFL teams.

After his collegiate wrestling career came to an end in 2022 when he left the sport, Steveson took his talents to the WWE. However, he was recently fired from the promotion.

But now all options are on the table, including the NFL.

“Gable Steveson, the former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, has interest from several NFL teams, an ESPN source confirms,” Raimondi wrote on Twitter. “Steveson also trained MMA at Kill Cliff FC in Florida. He also has one year of college wrestling eligibility remaining. Steveson, 23, was recently released after spending three years in WWE’s developmental program. Ariel Helwani was the first to report.”

This would be similar to fellow Minnesota legend Brock Lesnar, who Steveson trained with. Lesnar won an NCAA wrestling title and tried his hand at football with the Minnesota Vikings.

Although he didn’t make the final choice, Lesnar turned to MMA and the WWE. He is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and had a long and established career in professional wrestling.

Steveson initially retired from the sport after the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships after winning his second national title. The first tease of a collegiate return came during his Final X win, where he earned the United State World Team spot at 125 KG.

At the college level, Steveson finished 86-2 over the course of four seasons at Minnesota. The 2020 campaign ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he finished third at the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

“The itch and the fire will never go away,” Steveson said of wrestling last June. “And I feel like if you ask any competitor, old or young, I think it’s always there.

‘But some people just don’t have the body to do it because they’re a little older. But I think I just turned 23, I still had that extra fire and I wanted to see what I could do. I wanted to test my limits. And so I stayed ready in case the time came when I could come back.

The interesting tidbit about Raimondi is the fact that Steveson actually has another year of eligibility left. If he chose to come back, Minnesota would likely be happy to welcome him back in a Gopher singles.