Goodbye, wrestling: Fowlerville’s Adam Coon signs with NFL’s Tennessee Titans

He hasn’t played football since his days at Fowlerville High School, but Adam Coon is heading to the NFL.

Coon, who became one of the best wrestlers in the world at the University of Michigan, is switching sports and moving to football.

On Friday, he signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans, where he’s expected to compete for a spot on the offensive line. At 6-5 and 300 pounds, he projects as an offensive guard prospect.

His last year of football was in 2012, when, as a senior at Fowlerville, he was named the Livingston County Player of the Year.

As great as he was in football, he was even better at wrestling, earning a ranking as the top heavyweight recruit in the country. He attended Michigan, where he became one of the most celebrated wrestlers in school history.

After graduating with a degree in aerospace engineering, he continued to wrestle on the international circuit. He was named to the U.S. Olympic Team this year in Greco-Roman wrestling, but failed to qualify for the Games themselves.

Adam Coon

It’s extremely rare for anyone to make it in the NFL without playing football in college, so Coon’s story is likely to get major national attention this summer and fall.

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