‘The Rock’ gives CFL special shout-out in inspirational Instagram vid

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson seen here addressing an audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most famous people on the planet, and by default happens to be the most famous CFL alumnus of all time.

The actor and WWE superstar is always happy to talk about his brief stint in the CFL and that’s exactly what he did Wednesday night.

Johnson posted this video on Instagram and it quickly generated millions of views.

Sometimes the goal we’ve worked our ass off for years is never achieved. Then years later we look back and realize, it’s the best thing that NEVER happened.

882.3k Likes, 12.4k Comments – @therock on Instagram: “Sometimes the goal we’ve worked our ass off for years is never achieved. Then years later we look…”

Johnson was a defensive lineman at the University of Miami prior to taking a stab at pro ball. When he was on the Stampeders, it was during a time in his life that helped shape the person he is today.

“Just got to show you guys this view—it is spectacular—of one of my favourite cities in the world Vancouver, Canada,” Johnson said in the video. “Look, I’ve dropped my blood and sweat in this city, wrestled multiple matches in this city, shot big movies in this city. But one thing that a lot of people don’t know that I want to share with you guys is that when I was 22 years old, I came to this city for the first time.

“I was playing in the Canadian Football League, playing my first pro football game. I was playing for the Calgary Stampeders, we were playing the BC Lions. I was so excited. Two days later, I got cut. Dreams shattered, sent home with seven bucks in my pocket. I was like, ‘Wait no, I’ve got to play in the NFL eventually. Those are my big goals, my dream.’ You realize that playing in the NFL was the best thing that never happened, because it got me here.”

This isn’t the first time he has mentioned the CFL on social media either.