One of the most charismatic professional wrestlers in the history of the industry, JYD stood 6'4", weighed approximately 280 pounds and wore a signature chain attached to a dog collar. Born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, Sylvester Ritter was a football star at Fayettteville State University, where he earned a political science degree. After injuries cut short his professional football career (he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers), Ritter turned to professional wrestling in 1977 and adopted the ring name "Leroy Rochester" and later "Big Daddy Ritter." By the early 1980s, Ritter had moved to Mid-South Wrestling with a new ring name, Junkyard Dog. A fan favorite, JYD was soon involved with a number of notable feuds with the likes of the Fabulous Freebirds, King Kong Bundy and Ted DiBiase. From 1984 to 1988, JYD wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation, where he feuded with Harley Race, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Terry Funk, Adrian Adonis and others. Tragically, Junkyard Dog fell asleep at the wheel as he was driving home from his daughter's high school graduation on June 2, 1998, and died in a single-car accident in Mississippi. In 2004, Junkyard Dog was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.