Ahem. Sorry for the outburst, but today is the 62nd birthday of flag-waving, thumbs-upping, pro wrestling institution, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Most people think of Duggan as a walking emblem of pro wrestling at its most cheerfully goofy, but Duggan has had a long, varied career and his share up highs and lows. Behind the cockeyed mugging and fanatic America lovin’ is a guy you might not expect.
So, tough guys and girls, here’s a few facts you might not know about the first-ever Royal Rumble winner…
Jim Duggan was a clean-cut member of the chess club in high school.
Jim Duggan played college ball at SMU. Duggan was signed by Atlanta but was released adue to knee injuries. http://t.co/H1LqKcnGPl—
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James Duggan Jr. was born on January 14, 1954, in Glens Falls, a small town in upstate New York. His dad was the town’s Irish police chief, and his mom was a conservative churchgoer who ran a tight ship. While most wrestling fans know Duggan as a Captain Caveman-esque wildman fueled by pure, unfiltered patriotism, the young Duggan was a square-jawed, conventionally handsome straight-arrow who could have been an extra on Mad Men. Just look at the pictures above. Those glasses! According to Duggan, he was even a member of the chess club in high school, so apparently he isn’t just tough, he’s a smart guy, too.