ORLANDO (August 26, 2015) – In April, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) received more than 11,000 video submissions for the sixth season of its action-packed reality show Tough Enough. Tuesday, former Colorado State University-Pueblo football standout Josh Bredl (Thornton, Colo.) won the competition and was awarded a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.
"I've put in a lot of hard work the past 10 weeks and I think it really showed physically, emotionally," Bredl said on WWE Network's Tough Talk. "I grew as a human here. I got the itch…I'm infected. I'm all in on this thing."
Seven male competitors started the 10-week reality television series and it was narrowed down to two for Tuesday's finale. Both final contestants competed in a live match versus WWE Superstar Cesaro and at the end of the show, the fans decided Bredl as the winner with 70 percent of the vote.
Bredl won Tough Enough by capturing the WWE Universe with his size and improved wrestling skills, but more importantly his developing character, "The Yeti", which was put on display Tuesday. VIDEO OF THE MATCH
Bredl (2009-14) played a key role both on defense and special teams in CSU-Pueblo's run to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship. An All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Honorable Mention in 2014, Bredl compiled 24 tackles (21 solo) with four sacks (-23 yards) and two fumble recoveries. He brought one fumble back 66 yards to the end zone and blocked a field goal attempt in the national championship game. Following the season, Bredl earned a Rookie Mini-Camp invitation from the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.