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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson almost became a CIA operative

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6/13/2018 sheller@thisisinsider.com (Susanna Heller)

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  • Today, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is an actor and all-around national treasure.
  • Things were almost different.
  • Apparently, when he was in college Johnson dreamed of becoming a CIA operative.
  • The Rock got a reality check from a college professor who said his grades weren't quite good enough for law school or, ultimately, the CIA.

Today, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is an actor all-around American treasure. But things were almost very different.

 On Tuesday night, Johnson revealed his long-held dream to be a CIA agent on Instagram. In the post, The Rock said he would have pursued his dream if his academic advisor didn't give him a reality check.

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"In college, my goal was to eventually work for the CIA," he wrote. "Until my criminal justice professor and advisor (Dr. Paul Cromwell) convinced me that the best operative I could become for the agency is one that also had a law degree."

But Johnson realized that wasn't exactly the right path for him.

"I thought that's a great idea until I realized no respectable law school would ever let me in with my pile of steaming s--- grades," he wrote.

At the time, Johnson was a self-described "Smirky Beefy McBeef," 22-year-old football player for the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. After college, The Rock went on to play football for the Calgary Stampeders, a football team based out of Alberta, Canada. However, he was cut from the team two months into the season, The Globe and Mail reported.

But, you know, things turned out just fine for The Rock.

The athlete went on to become a professional wrestler before pivoting to a career in movies. And now? He's known for being a doting fatherdominating the action movie scene, and giving back to his fans. Not too shabby.

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