He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League and was cut two months into the 1995 season.This led him to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson, from whom he also inherited his Canadian citizenship.
Johnson's autobiography The Rock Says..., co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, spent 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold 720,000 copies in hardcover alone.
He has since appeared in various films, and become known for his ability to reinvigorate film franchises.
Perhaps his greatest success in his acting career can be sourced to his role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
He hosted and produced The Hero, a reality competition series; and has since continued to produce TV series and films through his production company Seven Bucks Productions, each of which he also stars in. 25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013.
On November 10, 2007, Johnson returned to the Miami Orange Bowl to participate in the festivities surrounding the University of Miami's last home football game at the stadium.