The Season 1 finale of Young Rock, the NBC comedy-drama based on Dwayne’s debut and career “The Rock” Johnson, includes a pivotal moment that has been cited so many times that it has sounded like an urban legend – and it all comes together to Johnson’s dedication to his training, which he continues to maintain to this day.
Famous for his intense workouts, Johnson says he never cuts a training session short, even if that means leaving other people on hold. The wrestler-turned-actor shared the relevant clip from the show on his Instagram and provided context for what he calls a “true and intense but defining story.”
The story unfolds as follows. During his final year of high school, Johnson signed with the University of Miami football team. But when head coach Dennis Erickson traveled to Pennsylvania to officially offer him a full scholarship, Johnson made him wait an hour so he could finish his gym session first.
“I was training and had a choice to cut my workout short OR be a beast and finish strong,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I finished strong. They were pissed off. Until I got home sweaty like hell and looked them in the eye and I was being honest about the end of practice. They absolutely loved it. “
Even then, it was important for Johnson to commit to whatever he started, with no outs or half measures. Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.
“These days, no explanation is needed because everyone in my personal and professional life understands that I will always finish my training,” Johnson added. “It’s a psychological anchor … to always finish the job.”
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