Bill Goldberg is today known as a powerful wrestler but while growing up, he had his eye set on another sports – football. He started out as a footballer and played for a handful of NFL clubs until an injury to his pelvis meant he will call it quits and move over to another sport. Today, he is known for his famous victories against notable names in the wrestling world, including Chris Jericho. Read to find out how it has turned out for him…
Bill Goldberg Bio (Age)
William Scott Goldberg was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 27, 1966. He has a Jewish heritage which meant he had to go through the Jewish ritual, Bar Mitzvah when he was thirteen years old. His parents are Jed Goldberg, a Harvard graduate who is both a gynecologist and an obstetrician and Ethel Goldberg who is a musician (his mother plays the violin) and a horticulturist. He is the last child of the family. He has three siblings, two older brothers named Steve and Michael Goldberg and one older sister named Barbara Goldberg.
He attended Thomas Edison High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. After his high school education, he proceeded to the University of Georgia, where he obtained a degree in psychology. Although Bill Goldberg is known today as a wrestler, football was his first love as he fell in love with football at a very young age. Bill Goldberg played high school and college football. His impressive play in high school earned him a college football scholarship with the University of Georgia where he went on to play for the Bulldogs (University of Georgia’s football team).
After college, Bill Goldberg was selected in the 1990 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams with the 302nd overall selection (11th round). His professional football career would also see him play for the CFL Sacramento Gold Miners and Atlanta Falcons. He was also on the roster of the Carolina Panthers for the 1995 season even though he never played a game for them.
A career ending injury would see him leave the NFL without any level of accomplishment. And even though he was satisfied to have played in the NFL at all (a lifelong dream), his regret was not having achieved anything in the game he loved so much. He ventured into the world of wrestling in 1997 after the idea was suggested to him while he was undergoing rehabilitation from his injury.
Goldberg fought in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1996 and 2002, the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) between from 2002 to 2003 before joining the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in March 2003 for one year and feuding with star names such as Chris Jericho, The Rock, and Triple H. In 2018, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He took a brief hiatus from WWE in 2005 and worked in the mixed martial arts (MMA) where he served as a commentator.
Bill Goldberg lives large with an estimated net worth of $14 million. When we say, “lives large,” that is exactly what it is or how else can you explain his collection of automobiles? Goldberg is a car freak and he owns quite a number of them, totaling about 25. Among his fleet includes a 2011 Ford F-250, a Mustang Boss 429, a 1966 Jaguar XK-E, a Shelby Cobra 427, a 1959 Chevy Biscayne, a Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible, and a 1970 Pontiac GTO, to mention just a few.
Family – Wife, Son
Goldberg is a married man and seems very happy with his choice of spouse if the pictures they post on the internet are anything to go by. He got married to Wanda Ferraton, a stunt double on April 10, 2005. He met Ferraton while he was on set for the movie Santa’s Slay. Their union has been blessed with a son – Gage.
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Other Facts About Bill Goldberg
Bill Goldberg lost his father to the cold hands of death in 2006.
His mother, Ethel Goldberg who is a horticulturist created an award-winning orchid which she named after her husband – Goldberg.
Still on the family front, his older brother, Michael Goldberg owns a music club in Colorado.
His love for animals has seen him become a spokesperson for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a course which has taken him to the floor of the United States Congress.
His model wrestler is Hulk Hogan and he made an appearance as a special guest on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
He has a podcast dubbed ‘Who’s Next With Bill Goldberg’ where he talks about his career and other celebrities while the phone lines are open for his fans to call in.
He has appeared on some television shows including Donald Trump’s reality series The Celebrity Apprentice in which he appeared in 2010 but could only survive until the 6th episode.
Goldberg was the proud owner of the largest mixed martial arts facility in the US and it was situated in Atlanta, Georgia until it was closed down.
Bill Goldberg has also starred about 10 films, an impressive number for someone who is not an all-out actor. He was part of the WWE star-studded movie The Longest Yard (2005) which was directed by Adam Sandler and which featured other WWE stars such as Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Kevin Nash, and also The Great Khali.