Duane grew up in the state of Miami, FL, and afterwards moved to
Pennsylvania. Shortly after he came back to his hometown and played for
the Miami Hurricanes. He went to university and practiced physiology,
exercise and criminolgy. He also played for Calgary, but while playing
for the Hurricanes he ruptured two disks in his back which cost him a
shot at the NFL.
Instead of continuing to play football The Rock decided to go in the
wrestling federation, taking after his father Rocky Johnson and his
grandfather Peter Maivia which were great wrestlers in the federation.
In his first pro wrestling match The Rock defeted the Brooklyn Brawler
in Corpus, TX, in /96. WWF thought he was good, but decided that he
needed more experience. So Rocky decided to join USWA with the name Flex
Kavana. Afterwards The Rock went back to the WWF and signed a
contract and gave him the name Rocky Maivia. Soon The Rock became popular
and became the leader of The Nation, then quit The Nation and became
corporate and became the WWF Champion and later lost it to Mankind on
Raw Is War.