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Paul Orndorff, wrestling’s Mr. Wonderful and former Saints draft pick, dead at 71 – Crescent City Sports

Paul Orndorff

Paul Orndorff, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints within the twelfth spherical of the 1973 NFL Draft out of Tampa, has handed away in Fayetteville, Georgia. Orndorff was 71.

Whereas Orndorff by no means performed a down within the common season for the Saints after failing his bodily, he went on to make his identify in skilled wrestling as a bodily pressure, beginning with Mid-South Wrestling in 1976 the place he received a nationwide title earlier than turning into a World Wrestling Federation star after spending a quick time within the World Soccer League with the Jacksonville Sharks.

Orndorff was each the great man and the villain in wrestling and was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Great,” a nickname given to him by his supervisor “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Orndorff went on to the World Wrestling Federation the place he grew to become a champion.

After retiring, Orndorff remained within the sport by coaching youthful wrestlers. He was inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2005 and the Nationwide Wrestling Alliance Corridor of Fame in 2009.

Orndorff, who reportedly suffered from dementia in latest instances, was a local of Brandon, Florida.

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