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Declan McMahon on potential WWE career: 'Down the road, who knows?'

The 18-year-old Declan has committed to play college football at Indiana University.

While he has no current plans to enter the family business, Declan McMahon isn't ruling out stepping into the ring down the road.

Declan, the son of Shane McMahon and grandson of Vince McMahon, announced on Wednesday night that he's committing to play college football at Indiana University as a preferred walk-on. In an interview with the Bloomington Herald-Times about the decision, Declan was asked about potentially following in his family's footsteps in pro wrestling.

"I've tried it in my house," the 18-year-old Declan said. "I have two younger brothers, so if we're joking around I'll pick them up and throw them on the couch. I'm going in with the mindset that I'll cross that bridge when we get there. So right now no plans yet, but down the road, who knows? If I have to jump off a cage like my father, maybe that's what I'll do." 

Declan played high school football at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. He played running back and quarterback in high school but expects to be a running back in college.

"I think I'm gonna fit in well," Declan said. "I'm a tough-nosed running back and I'm not afraid to bowl a person over." 

Declan said he thinks being around WWE has helped him build character.

"As a kid it's been great because you get to look up to guys you look at as super heroes," Declan said. "Then you see them come home and they're banged up. They don't really look like heroes when there you're parents. Just being around everybody, I think it's helped me build my character, just being mature as a young age." 

Declan also received offers to play football at Duke, Rutgers, Fordham, and East Carolina.

Shane McMahon tweeted after Declan announced his commitment: "So proud to be Declan’s father. Hard work pays off. Go Hoosiers!"

John Cena also posted a tweet congratulating Declan: