— Aww Inspiring

The Rock just shared the most powerful story about his dad on Instagram

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You may not know this (or expect it to be true), but The Rock has over 73 million Instagram followers. (Yeah, that’s more than Kendall Jenner’s got.)

Makes sense: Dwayne Johnson is a lovable celebrity who plays the tough guy in movies like the Fast & Furious franchise, but we all somehow know he’s a big softy when the cameras turn off.

Last year, The Rock even opened up about his battle with depression. After being barred from the NFL as well as a Canadian football team, all the rejection left him at a really low point. He had to reach out for help — and he encouraged people to do the same if they’re struggling with a mental illness.

Yesterday, The Rock shared another heartfelt moment.

Johnson posted a picture of himself and his dad — and the car he bought him for Christmas — on Instagram. In the caption, he told a heartbreaking yet inspiring story about his dad when he was a teenager.

Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive - which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾

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In the post, Johnson wrote he always thinks about his dad every Christmas. In particular, how he had “every odd stacked against him… but he fought thru it and still made something of himself.” When his dad was 13, Johnson’s grandfather died. The following Christmas, his grandmother’s boyfriend, who was clearly an abusive figure, “got drunk and pissed on the turkey.” The Rock’s father wasn’t going to put up with that. 

“My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I’ll kill you,” The Rock writes. “The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called.”

When the cops showed up, they looked at the mother and told her to choose between her son and her boyfriend.

Instead of kicking out her drunk boyfriend, she told her 13-year-old son to go.

Since then, and still to this day, The Rock’s father has “needed the bare minimum.” He never asks for anything, even though The Rock would give him anything he wanted, and every truck he buys him “he’ll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else.”

But it’s all been a major source of inspiration for Dwayne.

“[His story] makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work,” The Rock says.

“[My dad] made a man outta me,” Johnson wrote. “Without pissing on my turkey.”

We sure hope his dad enjoys the new car!

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