Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Gable Steveson Reveals He Might Choose NFL Over WWE and UFC

Published 08/12/2021, 1:06 PM EDT
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It has been an amazing month for Gable Steveson as he won the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Despite trailing to Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in the final, the wrestler came back and won the match with just 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock. It was the first gold medal in his career.

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An ardent fan of the great Jordan Burroughs, the American wrestler now wants to try his luck in the NFL. A team with Steveson amongst its ranks would send shivers down the spine of any opponent.

With different franchises approaching him, time will tell whether he makes his debut in the NFL.

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Gable Steveson looks set for NFL

Significantly, the dominance of the wrestler was seen during the Tokyo Olympics as he did not lose a point heading to the finals. Despite trailing to Geno, the ability and the determination of the wrestler are incredible. Most of the athletes would throw in their towel with the time that remained on the clock, during the final. But Gable had other ideas.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Quarterfinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 5, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States in action against Taha Akgul of Turkey. REUTERS/Leah Millis

There are now talks suggesting that he would sign up for an NFL franchise.

With the physical abilities that he possesses, this American wrestler would be a force to reckon with in the NFL. In a recent podcast interview with ‘Pardon My Take’, there were many questions related to the possibility of him joining the NFL. This is what he said:

“I talked to coach Fleck of Gopher football and he wanted me to come out before I went to the Olympic games, come play for a little bit, but I told him after the Olympic Games, I will give him an official decision. So I am considering playing football. I hope one day I can get a trial with the NFL, and there are some teams who have came and mentioned me to agents and stuff.”

“It will be cool to go out there and play football and be in the NFL a little bit,” said Gable.

The sight of the American taking down players would be a treat for any sporting fan.

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The next question would be whether he would be successful in the NFL. Many teams are interested in him, with the Minnesota Vikings coming to the forefront. With his size and incredible athleticism, Steveson will be a massive signing for the NFL franchise.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Gold medal match – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States celebrates after winning gold. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

The former Minnesota Gophers graduate spoke about talking to P. J. Fleck about the prospects of joining the franchise. However, Gable’s focus was solely on the Olympics. The Minnesota Vikings provide a perfect place for him to start his career.

Whether he would be successful is something to be judged. However, Gable Steveson looks like an incredible prospect for any team who selects him. The Olympic gold medallist has become the hottest prospect in town for the NFL teams to sign up.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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