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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Meets His Football Hero Ronnie Lott

by Jennifer Drysdale 9:15 PM PST, January 28, 2017
Photo: Instagram

Dwayne Johnson's childhood dreams are still coming true!

The 44-year-old actor took to Instagram on Saturday to share a sweet photo of a meeting with his "football hero," Ronnie Lott.

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"When I started playing ball as a teen, Ronnie, Howie Long and Lawrence Taylor were my three heroes. Intensity, toughness & greatness," Johnson wrote. "Ronnie's book was the first book I ever read as a teen and man did his words inspire me.

"It was a real honor to tell him face to face how much he and his career had inspired me," he continued. "Thank you brother to you and your lovely wife, Karen for surprising me on our #Ballers set. Meant a lot to me. Your 25+ year marriage is inspiring and a shining example of how it can still be done."

Just meeting Lott was more than enough, but Johnson did add that there was an added bonus that the kid in him was fawning over.

 "Btw, I'm holding the HALL OF FAME helmet that Ronnie AND Jerry Rice signed to me as a gift. This half ** smile I'm wearing is because I'm trying to contain my teenage like excitement😂," he concluded.

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The Rock isn't just inspired by football greats -- he's also inspired by his dad.

In fact, the action star surprised his father, Rocky Johnson, with a new car for Christmas, penning a sweet note about how his dad taught him to appreciate "struggle and hard work."

See more in the video below.

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