The Rock explained how a simple handshake changed the course of his life in his latest social media post. Dwayne Johnson unearthed these gems on his NBC show Young Rock. This week’s episode featured the story of Jodi Cwik, the soccer coach who encouraged a much less polished version of The Great One to follow their dreams. For those who don’t know, The Rock was an outstanding high school football player and played Division 1 college ball at the University of Miami. However, he was on a somewhat difficult path earlier in life. Johnson was fighting with his classmates and staff. But, during one of these dusts with Cwik, the coach connected with the young athlete through their common upbringing in the region. The Rock has never forgotten him and honors his memory with this moment of the TV show.
“The handshake that changed my life,” wrote Johnson, 48. “I was 15 and just moved to Bethlehem, PA and just started attending Freedom High School.”
“In less than a month, I had already been arrested and suspended for fighting. I had an incident with a soccer teacher / coach named Jodi Cwik in the teachers’ lounge where we almost came to blows. I acted like a real one [jerk] to him “, remembers the actor.” The next day I found him so that I could apologize eye to eye and face to face. When he wouldn’t let go of my hand, I thought he was going to decorate the [heck] out of me … but instead he told me something that was going to … change the course of life. “
The coach’s inspiring words were, “You live on the East Side, don’t you? I grew up there too. For guys like us… Give yourself a chance… If you’ve got the talent, the sky’s the limit. “
Check out the synopsis for Young Rock below:
“Young Rock” focuses on different chapters in Dwayne Johnson’s life. From growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his family of professional wrestlers, to football at the University of Miami, the show will explore the crazy roller coaster that made Dwayne the man he was. ‘he is today and the larger-than-life characters he has encountered along the way. “
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