TWO BITS: Pouncey’s desire. Is Bullard NXT?

By Adam Silverstein
June 2, 2010

1 » OGGOA has extensively covered former Florida Gators center Maurkice Pouncey’s transition to the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers, including his lining up at right guard while he waits for his true position to open up along the offensive line. ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli profiled Pouncey last week, nothing that he truly has the chance to be something special in the NFL. “He’s the kind of guy where, if he makes a mistake on a play, he’s immediately right over to you to get [an explanation],” offensive line coach Sean Kugler said. “You’ve got to tell him, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll go over that.’ He really wants to be good; he’s into it.”

2 » The name “Titus O’Neil” may not be familiar to Gators fans, but perhaps Thaddeus Bullard rings a bell. While Bullard is a former Florida defensive end, O’Neil is a professional wrestler about to make a splash as one of the newest members of World Wrestling Entertainment‘s NXT television program. Fact is – they are one and the same. Bullard, now 33, was one of the nation’s top defensive linemen coming out of high school in 1995. Unfortunately, his football career never really panned out after registering 56 tackles in 47 games with the Gators as a back-up from 1997-2000. After playing in the Arena Football League for three years, he decided to try his hand at sports entertainment and began competing with Florida Championship Wrestling in 2009. The now-named O’Neil has been called up from FCW to WWE and is set to take part in the second season of the company’s NXT brand – a faux-reality show attempting to find WWE’s next breakout star. OGGOA will follow along with Bullard’s journey over the next few months as he attempts to “win” a full-time contract and pay-per-view title match.

4 Comments

  1. kaity says:

    met him at a few tampa bay arena football events this spring. thaddeus is awesome!

  2. Preston says:

    How can we have video of Titus O’Neil but no video of Urban Meyer talking about his health, our team, etc. from the coaches meeting in Destin, FL????

    u got the goods Adam?

    i only found pics of him on gatorsports.com

    looks happy 2 me but would love to see his demeanor/body lang.

    Prest.

  3. Because Bullard’s piece aired on national television and no video has been released of the SEC Meetings. If or when I find the video, I promise I’ll post it.

  4. Preston says:

    AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE OGGOA!!

    Thanks ADAM!

    p.s. If I stumble across anything video-related from Destin, I will let you know ASAP… so far, for whatever reason, no luck..

    PREST

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