When 5-foot-10, 210-pound linebacker Eric Arndt arrived at Salisbury University in 2007, something about him stuck out for the program's all-time winningest head coach, Sherman Wood.
"He was not scared, No. 1," Wood said in a Nov. 22 interview on the "Jobbing Out" podcast. He would go up against a 6-[foot]-8 kid, he would look a 6-[foot]-8 person in their face and tell them that, 'I'm gonna take you down.' … He was one of those kids [that] if you put him on one goal line and put an opponent on another goal line and you had them meet at midfield, Eric Arndt was the type of kid that would probably win that battle. He had a huge heart. Huge heart, and he didn't back down from anybody."
Arndt has gone on to turn that spirit into a very successful professional athletic career. But it hasn't happened in football. Instead the former Sea Gull has found prominence in the world of professional wrestling, taking his brash personality from the gridiron and molding it into a wildly popular character in WWE by the name of Enzo Amore.