New Ravens fullback Bronson Rechsteiner, the son of Rick Steiner and nephew of Scott Steiner, says he’ll get into professional wrestling whenever he’s done playing football — but for now, his goal is to make the best possible impression on the Ravens this summer.
The 5-foot-10, 223-pound Rechsteiner ran for 1,496 yards and nine touchdowns at FCS Kennesaw State from 2016-2019. He ran for 909 yards and seven touchdowns and caught eight passes for 101 yards as a senior. The Owls went 42-10 during Rechsteiner’s four years with the program.
Thanks to his father and uncle, Rechsteiner has been around professional wrestling his entire life, but that pursuit is on hold.
“Obviously, I’m focusing on football right now. That’s my No. 1 focus and goal, to make the 53-man roster this year,” Rechsteiner said on Glenn Clark Radio May 5. “But with that being said, whenever it’s time for me to hang it up, whenever that is, I am going to pursue professional wrestling at some point. I don’t know what company I would go to. I’m super open to that. That’s most likely going to happen eventually. We’ll see.”
Rick Steiner said on the Jobbing Out podcast May 5 that he “100 percent” encouraged his son to chart a path that didn’t involve wrestling — which he’s heeding, at least for now.
“I said, ‘You ain’t doing that, I’ll do everything in my power to stop,'” Steiner said. “They’re like, ‘Come on dad.’ I’ve got three boys, the middle son and Bronson want to be tag partners and kind of carry on the legacy and I’m like, ‘You guys aren’t doing that, you’re going to get your degree, you’re going to do your thing.'”
Rick and Scott Steiner, or “The Steiner Brothers,” both wrestled at the University of Michigan — and both were friends with Jim Harbaugh, then the quarterback and now the head coach of the Wolverines. Bronson went to one of Harbaugh’s college camps as a high school prospect, and now he’ll be playing for his brother, John, in Baltimore.
Rick and Scott got into pro wrestling after college and eventually won the WWF and WCW world tag team championships. Scott famously turned on Rick in February 1998 and joined the nWo at WCW’s SuperBrawl VIII:
Bronson Rechsteiner said he’s friends with Arn Anderson, Road Dogg Jesse James and Billy Gunn from his time around the business. And he cultivated another wrestling connection recently to help him prepare for what lies ahead in the NFL. Rechsteiner reached out to Diamond Dallas Page on social media because he had some interest his yoga programs. Page is a yoga instructor at DDP Yoga Performance Center in Smyrna, Ga.
Rechsteiner and Page have been working out together for about two months.
“His yoga programs are nuts, man,” Rechsteiner said. “We burn almost 1,000 calories in a 50-minute workout up there. His stuff is really good, too, for mobility and stretching, stuff like that.”
Rechsteiner trains seven days a week. In addition to yoga, he runs every day and lifts weights five days a week. He said he’s “just pedal to the metal pretty much all the time,” and having a gym in the basement makes that lifestyle a lot easier during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our whole basement is divided between a wrestling room and a weight room, so it’s wall to wall wrestling mats,” Rechsteiner said. “I’ve got two older brothers [Hudson and Maveric], and we were all wrestlers. All three of us did a little bit of MMA at some time, too. If we had lost or we had a bad game or we got into an argument at the house or whatever it may be, we’d just go down to the mats and just beat the hell out of each other.”
And when did that start?
“We were young, man,” Rechsteiner said. “I’d say 7 or 8.”
Rechsteiner was a three-sport athlete throughout his time at Etowah High School in Georgia, eventually focusing on football since that’s what sport provided him opportunities for college. He’s a no-nonsense, straight-ahead bulldozer of a runner:
Baltimore already has a fullback on the roster in Patrick Ricard, who is signed through the 2021 season. If the Ravens are to carry two fullbacks, Rechsteiner will have to shine on special teams — and his physicality fits the Ravens well.
Rick Steiner is thrilled to see his son to get a shot at a 53-man roster.
“You raise your boy, you watch him grow up, you always have the hopes and aspirations but you never think — there’s so many kids and so many things going on, it’s such a tough road. … It’s just a tough deal,” Steiner said. “To have my son have the success he’s having at the college level, and now he’s going to be a pro football player. I really can’t believe it. I don’t think it will sink in until I see him on the field with his name on the back [of his jersey].”
And, assuming fans are allowed in M&T Bank Stadium during the preseason, he can’t wait to see his son play in Baltimore, where he has a lot of good memories from his wrestling days.
“I love Sabatino’s, Baltimore, the Harbor!” Steiner said. “Those are some good days!”
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