Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott loves his wrestlers. Formerly one himself, McDermott has often compared the sport to the one he coaches and he’s always been true to his word on that.
McDermott’s Bills are proving that once again.
Gable Steveson, 21, took home a dramatic gold medal in the Olympics for Team USA. The heavyweight won in the finals in a last second pin as time expired.
Following the Tokyo games, Steveson discussed his future with Sports Illustrated. The idea of WWE came up. Steveson is a pretty legit showmanship guy as the big boy celebrates his wins on the mat by doing back flips (seriously).
Also a NCAA Division I national champion, he could return to Minnesota and even the UFC is a thought for him.
But is the NFL as well… specifically, the Bills?
Steveson directly mentioned that Buffalo was a team that had contacted him:
“So many great organizations and teams have reached out. A scout from the Bills, there is a connection with the Ravens. The Olympic gold medal is helping me see the world, so my next step is going to be a big decision. I’m going to decompress now and think about it.”
Consider Steveson’s size, it’s likely that he’d sign up to play somewhere in the trenches. But Steveson’s football journey actually might first begin somewhere closer to home.
Entering his senior year at Minnesota, Steveson told the Barstool Sports podcast, Pardon My Take, that he has spoken to the Golden Gophers football program about giving it a go there first.
“I’ve considered playing football,” Steveson said on Pardon My Take. “I actually talked to Coach (P.J.) Fleck of Gopher football and he wanted me to come out before I went to the Olympic Games to come play for a little bit, but I told him after the Olympic Games I will give him an official decision.”
While the Bills or NFL might a long ways off, that’s quite a telling sign for Buffalo. The Bills front office will leave no stone unturned in search of talent.
For those interested in Steveson’s dramatic win… and of course his backflips, checkout the highlight of the gold-medal match below:
Gold medal back flip from Gable Steveson after he came up with the clutch win
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) August 6, 2021