Goldberg Talks About Being Proud Of His Jewish Heritage


Bill Goldberg recently appeared as a guest on Talk Is Jericho for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During the discussion, the WWE Hall of Fame legend spoke about being proud of his Jewish heritage, as well as how he didn't have the best backstage reputation.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.

On how proud he is of his Jewish heritage: “I put up a smokescreen, man. [laughs] The main reason I did it was because I am proud of who I am. I am proud of my Jewish heritage and growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where there weren’t many prominent Jewish sports figures walking around — let alone in the national spotlight — I just wanted to give little kids something to look forward to. Something against the grain, something different than the norm. I wore it on my heart like a shield and I’m extremely proud of the decision I made.”

On how he didn’t have the best backstage reputation: “You’re hilarious because you could answer all of these questions, you were there. [laughs] You’re just teeing me up. The best analogy I could give you is that I was like a college football player walking into a frat party. Nobody wanted me there, at least that’s how I felt. At the end of the day, football is a ‘big team, little me’ sport, and that’s all I ever knew. Wrestling is a business and whether you see people coming in as attributes to your roster or you see them as detriments to your career, they are taking a spot of yours,” Goldberg explained. “There are a lot of things that are held back. There are a lot of attitudes that are put forth and I felt like my back was always up against a wall. Maybe because I did that to myself a lot of times, but I don’t think everybody was very happy that I was there.”

Check out the complete interview at Spotify.com. H/T to WrestleZone.com for transcribing the above quotes.