James Wilder Jr. tries out for WWE

Former Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. has had quite the journey since helping the Seminoles win the final BCS National Championship over five years ago. He declared early for the 2014 NFL Draft as a junior, went undrafted, and was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad for two seasons. Following that, Wilder signed with Buffalo but was one of the final cuts in the Bills training camp back in 2016.

Since then, the former five-star prospect has been trying to make a name for himself in the Canadian Football League, with hopes to eventually make it back to the NFL. He’s spent the last two years with the Toronto Argonauts, who won the 105th Grey Cup in his first season with the team, as a key cog in the backfield. Wilder has started in 23 of his 30 appearances with Toronto and amassed a total of 269 carries for 1,563 rushing yards, and 8 touchdowns. He’s also added 107 catches for 1,072 yards, and a score through the air, developing into a multi-faceted threat.

While still listed on the roster with the Argonauts, Wilder seems to be looking at the next step in his career. He received a tryout offer from the WWE in late March and it looks like he got his chance to show one of the most famed wrestling organizations what he was made of over the last few days.

Wilder got an opportunity to work with Hall of Fame wrestlers alongside at least seven former college football players, and a few who made it to the NFL and CFL, during his tryout. The Tampa native recently appeared on The Rowlcast to discuss his professional wrestling dreams with host Trey Rowland. You can listen to that segment below. #HalfManHalfWilder

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