Brown joins WWE

Morkeith Brown used to watch professional wrestling for enjoyment growing up. Now when he turns on the TV on Monday night, the former Temple defensive end is watching World Wrestling Entertainment for a completely different reason. "For me, it's just like watching film," said Brown. The 28-year-old Brown turned down an invitation to go to training camp with the Tampa Bay Bucs to sign with WWE.

Morkeith Brown used to watch professional wrestling for enjoyment growing up.

Now when he turns on the TV on Monday night, the former Temple defensive lineman is watching World Wrestling Entertainment for a completely different reason.

"For me, it's just like watching film," said Brown.

The 28-year-old Brown turned down an invitation to go to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign a one-year contract with WWE. He'll spend the next year training at a new facility WWE opened in Orlando.

"They contacted me through Paul Doyle, where I train at Paul Doyle's Sports Performance in Atlanta," said Brown. "I went down for a workout and everything. They checked to see how athletic I am, my stamina, cardio, how fast I pick up different drills and the look. It's something brand new all over again, fun and exciting. I move to Orlando in a few weeks where I'll work on my craft and develop the character and learn the sport.

"The facility just opened, we're the first group to actually be performing there. It's a big deal right now. They have everything you need, treatment, weight room, coaches, places to practice, places to practice your character, everything you need in one place. If they like what they see after a year, I'll be added to the main roster."

Asked if he would be a fan favorite or a heel, the affable 6-foot-6 Brown said he was leaving his options open.

"I could go either way, the nice guy or the mean guy," said Brown. "Coming from football, (your personality) walking around or being on the field is different in itself."

The 28-year-old Brown played his last season with the Owls in 2011 after starting college late because of a stint in the Army. He played with the Arena League's Philadelphia Soul this spring and has been in minicamps with the Buccaneers and Browns since leaving Temple.

He said it was tough to stop pursuing his NFL dream, but instead of going to Tampa Bay he'll be off to Florida to try his hand in a different arena.

"Given the right opportunity, I could definitely be on a team right now," said Brown. "I don't see no reason I wouldn't be. My age really hurt me, coming out older. But it was still a blessing to come out and (play professionally). I'd like to be in the NFL, but everybody has their calling.

"It's only a one-year contract (with WWE), so if it doesn't go the way they or I want it to go, we can part ways, but I really feel pretty good about this. I'm excited to get this started."

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