Professional for 32 years, he was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champ. He was chosen in the 1947 NFL draft from the Chicago Bears, but, when pressured to select between soccer and wrestling, chosen the second option. He was inducted in to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Popularity in 2004. He was wedded to Mary Gagne and he previously three children called Donna, Catherine and Greg. In 1960 he founded AWA, and briefly headlined Hulk Hogan as the promotion’s primary draw.