Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
George Wells ’65
George Wells, Class of 1965, is a retired American professional wrestler and Canadian Football League football player. After graduating from Tech, he attended Laney College and New Mexico State University playing college football and competed in the heavyweight division in several Amateur Athletic Union national tournaments. In 1971, he played in the American Bowl in Florida and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He later played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders as a defensive end, earning All-Star honors four years and playing in five play-off games and three Grey Cups, winning one. He also averaged 30 to 36 quarterback sacks during four of his last five seasons.
As a professional wrestler, Wells competed in North American regional promotions during the early 1970s and 1980s, including the Continental Wrestling Association, Pacific Northwest Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation, most notably as the opponent of Jake “The Snake” Roberts at WrestleMania 2.