Buford Pusser

Buford Pusser of “Walking Tall” fame. (Photo Provided)

Buford Pusser, the real-life Tennessee sheriff immortalized in the 1973 film "Walking Tall," once worked as a professional wrestler.

The bat-wielding sheriff, known for his virtual one-man war on moonshining, gambling, prostitution and other organized criminal activity on the Mississippi-Tennessee border, wrestled in the Chicago area during the late '50s and early '60s under the ring name "Buford The Bull" while also working in a factory at the time.

While never a top draw in the wrestling business, he later became famous as McNairy County Sheriff in Tennessee. The hard-nosed lawman was shot eight times and stabbed seven times in his attempts to clean up the streets. He was killed in a car accident in 1974.

Pussser's story has inspired books, songs, movies and at least one TV series. A loosely based 2004 remake of the 1973 film of the same name starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.