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Dwayne The Rock Johnson shares Instagram of him at 16

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#ThrowBackThursday should cease existing after this particular Thursday, because The Rock killed it.

Once, Dwayne Johnson was a teenager. But he prefers the term “man child.” He lucked out growing into his body early, but he surely had growing pains, an awkward stretch (probably), and a delinquent streak, which he alludes to below:

#TBT By the time I was 16 yrs old, I had already enrolled in four high schools across the country due to being evicted and lil' trouble with the law.. McKinley HS (Honolulu, HI), Glencliff HS (Nashville, TN), McGavock HS (Nashville, TN), Freedom HS (Bethlehem, PA). I was also 6'4 225lbs, rockin' a dead caterpillar on my lip (aka the porn 'stache) and all the kids in every high school thought I was an undercover cop cause I looked like a mutated, yet handsome SOB of a man child. Plus in Nashville I was already hangin' out in honey tonk dive bars on Music Row and hustlin' cars from crackheads. Yup, one of the many reasons why I'm a grateful man for the life I have today and also grateful I straight up kicked puberty's ass early in life. #GodBlessSamoanAndBlackGenetics #AndGodBlessOurTeenageYears #AndWTFWasIThinkingWithThisMustache

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“All the kids in every high school thought I was an undercover cop cause I looked like a mutated, yet handsome SOB of a man child,” he writes. The “hustlin’ cars from crackheads” in Nashville sounds frightening, but maybe it was future homework for the Fast and Furious franchise.

Take note, teens: Just because you might not be able to sprout a proud lip cozy doesn’t mean you can’t grow up to become the Rock.

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