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The Rock Says Ray Lewis Was the First Man Who Ever Outworked Him in the Gym

Evan Romano
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  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shared a clip from Young Rock recounting when his time in college when he met one of the first people to outwork him: future NFL Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis.

  • Both Johnson and Lewis played college football at the University of Miami.

  • "I’ll always be extremely proud that he became the GOAT, and I became famous for rockin’ a fanny pack," he wrote in his Instagram caption.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of, if not the biggest movie stars in the world. The word "biggest" is always going to be a but subjective, but, well, physically there aren't many other people who can stake a claim, and he's been the highest-paid guy in the business for now a few years running. But while he's worked his ass off to get to where he is, as he details in Young Rock, the superstar actor, wrestler, and former University of Miami defensive lineman wasn't always unrivaled in his devotion. The 48-year-old star took to Instagram to share a clip from Young Rock—the NBC scripted comedy that recounts his younger days—where he meets one person he found that outworked him: future NFL Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis.

"Thru blood, sweat and iron-we bonded like brothers immediately and we LOVED pushing the hell outta each other in the weight room," he wrote about Lewis, who was a true freshman in the moment the show depicts, in his caption. "Push each other beyond our pain thresholds to chase greatness."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

In the clip shared, college-aged Rock (Uli Latukefu) arrives at the University of Miami weight room for his usual super-early-morning (5 a.m.) workout—only to be beaten to the punch by who he soon learns is Ray Lewis, a freshman linebacker. We see the two form an immediate bond—Lewis calls them the "break of dawn boys"—and then see a quick cut to Lewis dominating on the field, which Johnson would elaborate upon.

You can check out The Rock's full Instagram caption, and the post itself, below:

I was always THE hardest worker in the room... until @raylewis 💪🏾

Took me by surprise when I came to get my usual 5am workout in and there was this hungry freshman linebacker named Ray Lewis already clangin’ & bangin’ before me!

Thru blood, sweat and iron - we bonded like brothers immediately and we LOVED pushing the hell outta each other in the weight room.
Push each other beyond our pain thresholds to chase greatness.

Ray was a TRUE FRESHMAN when he cracked the starting lineup for our Hurricanes — and then of course Ray went on the become THE GREATEST LINEBACKER the world has ever seen.

I’ll always be extremely proud that he became the GOAT 🐐

And I became famous for rockin’ a fanny pack 🙋🏾♂️

#BreakOfDawnBoys
#HardestWorkersInTheRoom
#RockAndRay
DON’T MISS YOUNG ROCK
TONIGHT @8PM on @NBC!!!!

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

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