Darren Adrian Drozdov

April 7, 1969

54 Year(s)

June 30, 2023

1

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Darren Adrian Drozdov, a man of many talents and indomitable spirit. Known to the world as Droz, he left his mark on the football field and wrestling ring alike.

Biography

Darren Adrian Drozdov, known professionally as Droz, was a multifaceted figure, renowned as an essayist, football player, and professional wrestler. Born on April 7, 1969, in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey, Drozdov showcased his athletic prowess from an early age. As a high school quarterback, he led his team to a perfect 10-0 season and set a county record in shot put, affirming his place as an All-State football player at Oakcrest High School​.

Following a stint at Fork Union Military Academy, Drozdov attended the University of Maryland, where he played as a defensive tackle for the Terrapins. He graduated with a B.S. in criminal justice, marking the end of his collegiate career​1​. His athletic journey continued in the National Football League (NFL), where he played for the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Denver Broncos. His tenure in the NFL was marked by an unusual event that earned him the nickname "Puke," as he vomited on television during a Monday Night Football game​.

Drozdov transitioned into professional wrestling, initially competing on the independent wrestling circuit under various ring names before joining the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1997. His time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) began in 1998, where he was known for his unique ability to regurgitate on command, a trait that was incorporated into his wrestling gimmick​​.

Drozdov's wrestling career was unfortunately cut short by a botched wrestling maneuver in 1999, leaving him quadriplegic. However, he regained most of the use of his upper body and arms, demonstrating his resilience and determination​1​. He passed away of natural causes on June 30, 2023, at the age of 54​.

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