Peter King on Former Bengals LB and Wrestler Brian Pillman

Scott Halleran

Brian Pillman, a former professional wrestler that reached the biggest organizations in that profession, was actually a former Bengals player. Former Enquirer beat writer Peter King recalls a funny story.

For those you that didn't know, Sports Illustrated's NFL writer Peter King, was once the Cincinnati Bengals beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1980-85.

He relayed an intriguing story on Tuesday about Brian Pillman, a former wrestler for WCW, ECW and the WWF who had actually played for the Bengals before his career shifted into professional wrestling. Pillman, a Cincinnati native, played called ball at Miami University (teammates and former roommates with current Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh) and then made the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 as an undrafted free agent. King covered Pillman's attempt to make the team and recalled a story of him and Larry Kinnebrew. Instead of summarizing, here's the story in a series of tweets that King posted Tuesday night.

Police found Pillman's body in a Minnesota hotel on Oct. 5, 1997 where he scheduled to wrestle for a Pay Per View event. He died of arterosclertic heart disease.

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