March 10, 2001
Former New Orleans Saints tight end and part-time professional wrestler Josh Wilcox made an impact during last weekend’s televised XFL game. After catching a touchdown pass, the Los Angeles Xtreme star – in true wrestling fashion – went to spike the football, but instead put the ball down and dropped an elbow on it.
Wilcox has worked a number of pro wrestling matches the past several years on Oregon’s independent circuit, and last year made an appearance with ECW in New Orleans as a partner of Tommy Dreamer, but quickly turned heel on his his hometown crowd when he laid Dreamer out with a chair and joined forces with Steve Corino and Rhino.
The 26-year-old former All-Pac 10 player who was Oregon’s career leader for catches by a tight end made a favorable impression during a WCW Power Plant tryout last year after attending former NWA world champ Dory Funk’s Jr. camp in Florida along with David Flair.
Wilcox began his professional football career in 1997 in Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals and played a season in the Arena Football League before signing with the Saints prior to the 1998 season.
Wilcox is the son of former NFL great Dave Wilcox, a ruthless 6-3, 240-pound linebacker who played in seven Pro Bowls and only missed one game during his 11- year career. The elder Wilcox joined fellow San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott in last year’s NFL Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. During his speech Wilcox joked that his son was a “WWF wannabe.”