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The Rock was in London the other day, doing what The Rock does, though usually not at tournament time _ walking the red carpet at the premiere of another of his everything-gets-blown-to-smithereens-by-the-end movies, in this case “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

And man, does The Rock ever know about retaliation.

Born Dwayne Johnson, he’s the son and grandson of pro wrestlers (both grandparents, in fact, on his maternal side), and the old WWF is where he made his name and boatloads of money before making the segue to the silver screen.

What many people don’t know is that Johnson was also a big-time football prospect who got a full ride to the University of Miami back when the Hurricanes were pillaging everything in sight across the college landscape. Then he got hurt and future NFL star Warren Sapp stepped into his place _ think Wally Pipp and Lou Gehrig _ so Johnson collected his championship ring (1991) and his degree (Class of `92), took up with the woman who became his wife and lit out for Calgary in the Canadian Football League.

“Fast & Furious” doesn’t begin to describe that stint; it lasted two months.

Now fast-forward to Monday, when AP entertainment and lifestyles producer Reetu Rupal was waiting in the rain _ naturally, we’re back in London now _ to find out whether The Rock, who takes March Madness very seriously, had time to fill out his bracket.

Feel free to add your own inflections, accents and gestures to the following brief conversation.

Rupal (who is British and reading the questions off a list we sent her): “Are you following March Madness?”

The Rock: “Yes.”

Rupal: “And who are you rooting for?”

The Rock (nostrils flaring): “Who do you think? Who would you think?”

Rupal: The Miami.

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