Former Mocs linebacker Gunner Miller made his pro wrestling debut last Friday in Rossville.
But the East Ridge native dreams of taking his wrestling career far beyond the Tennessee Valley.
Launching his pro wrestling career so close to home was a pretty cool feeling for Gunner Miller.
"Had all the Mocs here. Had all the (East Ridge) Pioneers here. All my coaches here. All my family here. Then just the local wrestling friends here. It was really cool, and it almost chokes you up to say that."
Miller wants to take his wrestling skills to the biggest stage in the world, the WWE.
"I'm going down to the WWE in June for a try-out in Orlando. They are sending me down for an athletic try-out. They recruit college athletes. Fortunate enough to be one of the guys picked. I'm a die-hard fan."
So what does it take to become a WWE wrestler?
"Takes a little bit of charisma. Obviously takes size. But you've got some guys who don't have much size. They just make up for it in different areas. Guy like me being a football player, I obviously use some powerful moves and my athleticism. I think I have all that down. Hopefully they'll like me and sign me pretty quick. If not, maybe they tell me to work on a few things, and I come back. If not, they may say we don't like you at all. I'll say thanks for having me down here. That was awesome."
But Miller can't help but dream about making the cut as a WWE wrestler.
"I'm going to put together a portfolio. Treat it like a job interview. I don't want a real job. I want to entertain people. I want to be in front of my friends, and do all that. I've always wanted to be the center of attention as a little kid, and I want to do it as a big kid."