Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson continues to remember his roots.
Johnson’s Project Rock clothing line with the Under Armor human performance team joins forces with its former high school football teams, launching long-term project dedicated to the health and performance of student-athletes and coaches .
Courtesy of Johnson and Under Armor, the football teams at McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii and Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa. Will receive brand new Project Rock performance gear.
“I am honored to give back to the football players and coaches at McKinley High School and Freedom High School, my former playgrounds in Honolulu, Hawaii and Bethlehem, Pa.,” Johnson said. “I often talk about how the lessons I learned on the football field have proven invaluable, not only because of the wins, but more importantly, because of the losses and the challenges I have had to overcome. .
“I’m the same disheveled, hungry kid whose NFL dreams didn’t come true. But I’ve learned over time that failures are often the best thing that happens to us, and that resilience and hard work will always start and end with me.
There’s no shortage of WWE movie star / icon activity. Johnson recently made his rap debut on Tech N9ne’s new single and music video “Face Off,” which also starred Joey Cool and King Iso. It will be showing on Netflix Red Notice opposite Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, which premieres November 12, and he also recently finished production of the film Black adam. Despite the busy schedule, Johnson is grateful for the chance to give back.
“I hope my words of encouragement will open their eyes a little wider to see the opportunities they all have this season as student-athletes,” Johnson said. “And I hope my Project Rock Gear gives them a little more gasoline to be the hardest workers in the room.”
“I’ll be watching their seasons closely and rooting them like the big bald, tattooed, cheerleader dinosaur that I am.”
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