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Matt Mulligan explains reason behind Hulk Hogan connection

01.02.14 at 5:23 pm ET

Matthew Mulligan was more than a little surprised to get a video shoutout from Hulk Hogan.

The Patriots tight end, who grew up a pro wrestling fan, drew the notice of the Hulkster when Mulligan’s wife purchased a replica of a WWE championship belt. Hogan mentioned Mulligan by name in a video, and said he was now a Patriots fan.

“I feel like there are only a few people in life where, as a grown man, you would be pretty giddy about meeting, and I think Hulk Hogan would be one of them” Mulligan said Thursday. “I was showing all my buddies at home and they were all freaking out, and like I said, Hulk Hogan is a household name whether you watch professional wrestling or not in my opinion. So, it was really cool.

“[My wife] actually wanted to give me one of his belts for Christmas because obviously I’€™m a Hulk Hogan fan,” Mulligan added. “I mean anyone that grew up in my era, if he wasn’€™t watching pro wrestling then he wasn’€™t watching very much I guess. So, it was just my wife’€™s idea and him doing that [promotional video] was his idea. I definitely appreciate it because, like I said, I’€™m a big fan of Hulk Hogan.”

Mulligan said he didn’t have the belt yet — he says the delivery was likely held up by the bad weather — but is excited.

“€œI’€™m just going to have it here,” he said. “All the guys are pretty stoked about it too. Like I said, all lot of us grew up being Hulkamaniacs, so it’€™s a nice thing to have Hulk Hogan reference the Patriots. It’€™s cool.”

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