How Football Saved The Rock's Life
August 12, 2005

Pro-wrestling made him famous, but The Rock also has game on the football field, and he's getting back to those roots in his new movie, "Gridiron Gang."

Only "Extra" went behind the scenes of The Rock's new flick, which is about one team's Cinderella season. "I love inspiring movies," The Rock said. "I love movies that tug at the heart."

"Gridiron Gang" is a true tale, which was made famous in a 1993 documentary, about a probation officer challenging jailed kids to find their way through football. "I was crying throughout the entire documentary," The Rock admitted. "Like consistently, nonstop for about two hours and fifteen minutes. My eyes were swollen."

And The Rock, who stars as the probation officer in the movie, has tackled this story in real life. As a troubled teen, an arresting officer saved him from the streets. "He said, I could go on arresting you and keep whipping your butt every single week or you can go out and play football,'" The Rock recalled. "I was 14 years old."

Now The Rock is giving back to teens as the national spokesman for After-School All-Stars, and he told us, "A lot of them come from broken homes, so After-School All-Stars provides after school activities from computers to sports, things like that."

Catch The Rock in "Gridiron Gang" when it hits theaters next year.

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