After eight seasons in the NFL, James Laurinaitis has retired from the league. Laurinaitis made the announcement in a Twitter post. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he is the son of "Road Warrior Animal" Joe Laurinaitis and nephew of former WWE VP of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis.
He wrote, "With offseason programs starting back up, the thing I'm going to miss the most is the locker room. The conversations and relationships I built with all that I've battled with will be my favorite memories. Players, coaches, equipment staff, medical staff, community outreach, marketing, you name it, the people I've met through this game is what I'll take with me. I've been blessed way more through the game of football than I could've ever imagined. I've been able to live my dreams that started as a 4th grader and I'm grateful. Thank you to the Rams organization for drafting me and giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams! You gave me a chance to play the game I love for 7 years and I gave you everything I had St. Louis. Thank you to the Saints organization for the ability to play one last year. Thanks to the best agency in sports CAA and especially Tom Condon, RJ Gonser, Howard Skall, Tommy Jr. and Heather Grosz. To all the fans along the way, thank you for your support through the years. I still love the game but the body says it's time to move on. I'm really looking forward to transitioning into what's next with my beautiful wife and daughters."
In 2015, he set the all-time tackling record for the the Rams but injuries slowed him down in 2016 when he landed with the New Orleans Saints and he played just five games. So now the question is what his plans are for the future. It's no secret that WWE has expressed interest in him when he was at OSU. Over the years, he has said that he would consider trying his hand in WWE. At just 30 years old, I would not be shocked if he got a call from them in the very near future regarding a tryout at the Performance Center.