As he entered 11th grade, his father's job required his relocation to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Dwayne began playing football at Freedom High School in the East Penn Conference.
Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs.
On Halftime Heat (an episode of Sunday Night Heat aired in the same timeslot as the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show) on January 31, Mankind pinned The Rock using a forklift truck in an empty arena match. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House in a last man standing match which ended in a draw, meaning Mankind retained the title.
Their feud ended on February 15 Raw Is War, when The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after Big Show performed a chokeslam on Mankind off the ladder.
Johnson graduated from Miami in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology.