Wrestler who failed to qualify for Olympics, hasn't played football since high school signs with Titans

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This is some kind of backup plan.

A former All-America wrestler had his sights set on competing in the Tokyo Olympics next month. But he didn't qualify. So he signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans. 

The Titans announced on Friday that they signed Adam Coon to compete for a spot on the offensive line. They then posted video of the ex-Michigan wrestler squatting a log. 

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Can Coon translate wrestling skills into an NFL job?

Coon, 26, hasn't played competitive football since high school. He was a decorated wrestler at Michigan, earning All-America honors three times while compiling a 116-15 record and finishing as national runner-up in his weight class twice. 

Since then, he's won a silver medal at the 2018 world championships (286 pounds) and a gold medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Adam Coon of the Michigan Wolverines wrestles Austin Marsden of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during session three of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 18, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Adam Coon is taking his shot at the NFL at 26 years old. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

He did play football in high school in Michigan, where he was named all-state as a linebacker and all-honorable mention twice as an offensive lineman. His wrestling specialty is Greco Roman, which forbids competitors from using holds below the waist or using their legs for takedowns — which sounds vaguely like playing offensive line.

The Titans report that Coon checks in at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds and will likely vie for a guard position. 

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