Lex Luger wrestled for several years in World Championship Wrestling, where he was also a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, and in the World Wrestling Federation.
Luger attended high school and played on the school football team in Orchard Park, New York. He later attended Pennsylvania State University on his sporting merits, but transferred shortly thereafter to the University of Miami. He began his professional playing career in the 1979 season playing defensive line. After leaving Miami, he played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
He then signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League, but never played a single game, spending all of 1982 as a backup and also getting injured. He then returned to the Packers in 1983, but was released before the season began. In 1984, Luger finished his football career in the United States Football League with the Memphis Showboats. He also played briefly for the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL, where he teamed with future WCW Champion Ron Simmons.
He is under contract with WWE where he collaborates in the Wellness Program.