Professional wrestler Goldberg will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6 during the activities of WrestleMania Week in New Orleans.
Prior to his wrestling career, under his full name of Bill Goldberg, was a football player, first playing collegiate ball as a defensive tackle with the Georgia Bulldogs. Goldberg was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Following stints in the World League and the CFL, he returned to the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons from 1992 through 1994.
Goldberg began his professional wrestling career with World Championship Wrestling in 1996 and became the public face of WCW during the so-called Monday Night Wars, which featured an ongoing weekly rating battle between WCW and the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). The flagship television programs for each promotion aired opposite each other on Monday evenings.
As the primary wrestler for WCW during the height of the Monday Night Wars era, he established himself as an aggressive wrestler with a 173-match undefeated streak, running through 1997 and 1998 and earning multiple championship belts.
After the closure of WCW in 2001, Goldberg joined All-Japan Pro Wrestling and WWE, and continued to compete aggressively, earning additional championship belts until his initial retirement from the sport in 2004.
Goldberg spent more than 10 years away from the sport, primarily as host of several do-it-yourself automotive programs including Garage Mahal, Automaniac, Biker Build-Off and Bullrun. He also continued acting, a pursuit he had started while with WCW in the 90s, with guest appearances on several TV shows and roles in a number of movies and voice roles in several video games.
He returned to the wrestling ring for a few appearances between 2015 and 2017.