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A Father in His Son’s Corner

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Steven Borden Jr. started his college career at Kligore Junior College before playing two seasons at The University of Kentucky. During his time with the Wildcats, Borden caught seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. He went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs.SteveBORDEN

Don’t recognize the name? He is the son of Steven Borden Sr. Still don’t recognize the name? That is because in his sports career, his father did not go by his real name, as is the case with most professional wrestlers. Steven Borden Sr. is know to millions by one name….Sting.

Being the son of an icon — Sting played a pivotal role in revolutionizing professional wrestling in the mid-90s during his legendary WCW feud with Hulk Hogan and the NWO and recently made his WWE debut at WrestleMania XXXI so sports are not new to Borden Jr.

663867Wrestle-Zone_net_walid26-Hulk_Hogan_vs_StingThe annual schedule of a professional wrestler is insane. There is no offseason. There is very little time for family vacation. Wrestlers often spend in upwards of 250 days a year on the road. But Borden’s father has always found time for his son’s football pursuits, which began when he was eight years old. “He’s always kind of pushed me to do what I want to do, make a name for myself outside of what he’s done,” Borden Jr. said, via The Star. “So that’s been the goal my entire life, not really to follow in his footsteps necessarily, but to make my own name … he never really was one of those dads who kind of wanted to push their son into their own deal.”

Being from a sports family has also made Borden Jr. very competitive throughout his football career.“It’s actually been one of those things that has pushed me my entire life,” Borden Jr. said Sunday per the Kansas City Star. “You see what your dad has done, you want to beat him out.”

sting3Borden Jr. said he hears wisecracks from time to time in the locker room, but doesn’t let what other people may say about his father’s career bother him.“It’s never bothered me. I’m used to it by now,” he said. “You’re going to get a couple comments here and there in the locker room, but eventually people just see me as Steven Borden, and that’s what it is.”Borden Jr. says his father has always been in his corner and wants him to blaze his own path.

If things don’t work out in Kansas City, does Borden Jr. have any desire to follow in his father’s footsteps as a pro wrestler?“I always tell people, if one day I’m homeless on the streets, then I might try it,” Borden Jr. said.


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