Ed Gantner was Central Florida's first player to play professional football. He signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits and played 10 games in 1983. Jacksonville chose him in the 4th round (20th overall) of the 1984 USFL Expansion Draft and he spent the 1984 and 1985 seasons with the Bulls.
Gantner became a professional wrestler after the USFL ceased operations, debuting in 1985 with Florida Championship Wrestling. "The Bull" began as a member of the House of Humperdink under the guidance of manager Sir Oliver Humperdink. He wrestled in tag team competition with Kareem Muhammad (aka Ray Candy) as the Shock Troops and feuded with the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane). In September 1986, the Shock Troops lost to the Road Warriors at Battle of the Belts 3. In singles competition, Gantner feuded with Lex Luger (former Memphis Showboat Larry Pfohl) in 1986. In 1987, he was awarded the NWA Florida title when Humperdink defeated Bad News Allen but Gantner would drop the belt to Mike Rotundo a month later. He had a falling out with Humperdink and feuded with the House before abruptly leaving the sport later in 1987. Gantner's health deteriorated from years of steroid use and he fell into depression. Sadly, he took his own life in 1990 at age 31.