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'Pulling for a cause': John Cena participates in annual 'Jet Drag' for charity

John Cena has taken on his fair share of challengers in the ring, but none match up to a recent 167,000-pound opponent — a jet!
/ Source: TODAY

Wrestler John Cena has taken on his fair share of tough challengers in the ring, but we're quite certain none match up to the 167,000-pound opponent he faced on a recent trip ... a jet!

To raise money for the American Cancer Society, Cena participated in the Atlanta Airport's Seventh Annual Jet Drag — where he, alongside a special team, tugged an airplane an impressive 20 feet.

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Each year, participants form groups of 20 and combine their efforts to pull the massive planes across the finish line.

Terry Waldrop, manager of maintenance and planning at Delta Air Lines, is the leading man behind the event, held at the airport's Delta TechOps Facility.

"The motivation was for my father..." Waldrop explained. "We just lost him last year. He got cancer in 1997."

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He continued: "When we were celebrating his five year anniversary of survivorship, not a month later I had to call and tell them I got cancer. So, I got involved with fundraising activities all my life... With the American Cancer Society here with Delta."

The event has taken place annually for seven years, and Waldrop told Cena he aims to keep the event going.

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"You've seen the crowds out there... people who enjoy doing it," he said. "The people who have their own stories, touched by cancer, who are out here pulling for a reason — pulling for a cause."

David Roush, who competed on Cena's team "Finish the Fight," lost his 17-year-old daughter to cancer five years ago. He was competing in the event "to remember her and put on the fight so that no other parent or no one else has to hear those terrible words, 'I'm sorry, you have cancer.'"

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This year, the Delta Jet Drag raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society — bringing Delta's total fundraising to over $1,000,000 in 2016.

You can donate to the American Cancer Society here or help fund Delta’s efforts with the American Cancer Society by following this link.