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Dean Muhtadi
Free agent
Defensive Line
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-17) July 17, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Alexandria, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
College: Maryland, Christopher Newport
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Dean Muhtadi (born July 17, 1986) is a professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he is working in their developmental territory NXT Wrestling as Mojo Rawley, and a former American football defensive tackle who was most recently on the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Muhtadi was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football for the Christopher Newport Captains, and upon transferring, for the Maryland Terrapins.

Early yearsEdit

At T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Muhtadi was a four-year starter along the defensive and offensive lines. He also was the team's punter during his last two years. He finished second in the Patriot District in sacks in 2004, and broke the school's all-time punting record with a long of 76 yards against West Springfield High School.

Throughout his high school playing career, Muhtadi started games at defensive tackle, end, nose guard, and outside linebacker on defense, and at offensive tackle, guard, center, and tight end on offense. He was also the team’s punter and kicker. Oftentimes his position changed every week to shadow the opposing team’s best player. Muhtadi was an All-District choice at both defensive line and punter, as well as the team MVP.

College careerEdit

In 2004 and 2005, Muhtadi played college football for Division III Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. After redshirting his freshman season due to mononucleosis, Muhtadi started at defensive tackle for the Captains his sophomore year. He then transferred to the University of Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference where he earned a scholarship, and a starting position. In 2008, Muhtadi finished third in sacks for the Terrapins. He was also only the second player in the past 15 years to play all defensive line positions in a game for the Terrapins.

Pre-Draft Measureables
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Broad Jump
302 lbs 4.78 4.37 7.29 36.5 36 9’8”

Muhtadi currently owns several of Maryland's all time records for strength and speed: 225 lb. Bench Press Test: 36 repetitions (Team Record) 40 Yard Dash: 4.78 (Defensive Tackle Record) Power Clean: 390 lbs. (Defensive Line Record) Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches (Defensive Line Record) Pro Agility (20 yard shuttle): 4.37 (Defensive Line Record)

AcademicsEdit

In his three years at Maryland, Muhtadi was one of the top student-athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2008, Muhtadi won the Jim and Pat Thacker Postgraduate Scholarship for being one of the top student-athletes in the ACC for all sports and all schools. In 2007 and 2008, Muhtadi also received the George Boutselis Memorial Award for being the letterman with the highest academic average on the football team. He also was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2008 and was a three-time Dean’s List student. Muhtadi is currently enrolled in the Smith Business School MBA Program.

At Christopher Newport, Muhtadi was awarded a full academic scholarship. While also being named the top student-athlete on the team, Muhtadi was a two-time All USA South Athletic Conference All-Academic Selection, a member of the President’s Leadership Program, Honors Program, and Student Executive Board of the Business School. He also received the Edith McMurran Honors Scholarship for the student who best demonstrates the balance of leadership, public service, and academic excellence.

Professional careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

Muhtadi was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft on May 4, 2009.[1] He earned his contract on a tryout basis by being one of three players signed out of 25 trying out for the team. Muhtadi was the only player on the depth chart listed at both Defensive End and Nose Guard. On September 3, 2009 against the Tennessee Titans, Muhtadi finished third on the team with 5 tackles, 1 for loss, and a forced fumble in a spectacular performance. Toward the end of the game, Muhtadi forced a fumble to save a touchdown. He was waived on September 4, 2009.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Muhtadi was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on January 20, 2010 to play defensive line. He was given the nickname "The Iron Sheik" by coaches and teammates due to his freakish strength as he was the strongest player on the team. Muhtadi became training partners with Darnell Dockett as the two competed against one another every day in workouts. He was injured during training camp and placed on Injured Reserve.

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE (2012-present)Edit

NXT Wrestling (2012-present)Edit

In summer 2012, Muhtadi signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory NXT Wrestling for further training. Muhtadi then later on was given the name Mojo Rawley.

PersonalEdit

Since he was in 7th grade, Muhtadi has worked with the financial services firm Morgan Stanley. Beginning as an internship and branching into employment, Muhtadi worked after school and in the summer for several branches throughout Northern Virginia.

Dean Muhtadi currently resides in Tampa, Florida but his hometown is in Alexandria, Virginia. Muhtadi is the son of T.J. and Maria Muhtadi and has 4 siblings: Lena (28), Casey (24), Tammy (22), and Garrett (13).

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