Andre The Giant Towered Over An Amazing Life

athletes | 6/11/18

Andre the Giant is one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. A global sports star before the term applied to his profession, the living mountain left a legendary mark on the world while he was alive. Stories of how much beer he could drink and steak he could eat in one sitting have become mythical. The people closest to him remember Andre as a prankster with a love for partying.

The real story of Andre the Giant is filled with humor, sadness, and incredible heart. His legacy is so extraordinary that he was the first and only inductee of the inaugural WWE Hall of Fame class!

He knew how to rack up a massive bar tab… A friend recounts how many beers Andre could drink at a time.

He Scared Guard Dogs

Photo Credit: Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo Credit: Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Maxing out at over seven feet tall and 500 pounds, not many people have been more intimidating than Andre the Giant. Roger Sembazzia remembers one occasion when his trained guard dogs ran for cover at the sight of Andre.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Andre laughed, “these two dogs were supposed to be so mean… the dog got one look at me and ran the other way as fast as could go.” A towering inferno of a man, it’s not hard to blame the dogs. Andre wasn’t a threat in real life, though, he was a legendary drinker.