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Are There Any 600 Pound Benchers In The NFL?
Submitted by admin on August 9, 2007 - 6:15am.
There are a lot of big, strong guys who play in the NFL, but how would they do in a powerlifting meet? That's the subject of an Iron Trybe thread.
So Tyler McMeans a guard for the Bears is in the gym friday. (chicago bears have there training camp at the college in town). Now he walks in the gym walks to the bench throws 405 on and knocks it out for an easy 10. hmm my buddy and one of the trainers look at me and say WTF. Next to 495 for an easy 10 then im like WTF. 545 for 6 and then onto 585 for 6. Now this is with no spotter no hand off so he must have felt pretty comphy doing this. I know reps has no comparison to max weight but do you think that some of the NFL freaks might be able to knock down some crazy numbers..
please discuss let me know what you think... Once again i understand that alot of lifters were once football players blah blah. but do you think any one playing now might be able to have a very high 6 or low 7 bench./p>
Can they destroy PL's probably not.Cause Powerlifters "Powerlift" and football players play football.Each sport has attributes that the other doesn't and vice versa.Who has probably the better percentage of raw talent?Football cause thats where the big bucks are and thats gonna attract great athletes.
There was a video a couple years ago of Larry Allen doing a 700 pound bench press with a bounce and a bit of assistance from his spotters. So yes, I would presume there are probably a handful of guys in the nfl who could handle 600+ pounds raw under PL meet conditions.
If there were any guys out there that could say break the raw record I think they would have done it already. It would be great PR and big bragging rights for the organization.
the average person would have no idea who has the record or even an idea of what it is.
Exactly. You have to be IN this stuff to have any
idea what the WR raw bench is. I garuntee 90% of the guys in the league don't have a clue. Heck, I bet most ppl on this board don't know what it is for that matter. If you look at some of the colleges lifting records there are some huge numbers out there. The K-state bench record is 610 for instance. I just picked up Muscle and Fitness the other day at the super market and Vernon Davis was on the cover. What a freak. 685 squat and 480 bench in the first semester of his junior year of school. Squats 525 for 10 now. At 6'3" and 255 do I think he could do a lot more than that? Definately. But, to quote the Low Land Gorilla, it's not if they can or can't, the fact is they aren't, so we'll never know.
Not to mention, it doesnt make much sense for them to do that. The risk of injury isnt worth it. I am sure no GM would be happy to hear that his star players tore a pec in a bench off.
Based on my experience the NFL guys don't care that much about absolute numbers. Lorenzo Neal, a good fullback was in the gym training beside me one day and he looked like a tank, but he was using pretty candy type weights for what I figured he would be doing. He said he didn't need to do any higher weights. The weight training is a means to an end; not the end in itself. Pushing it beyond what is helpful to their sport is not useful. I'm certain that lots of those guys if they threw themselves into training all out for weight training would be very good at it. Would they automatically take down the very top guys like Kennely and Mendelson? I doubt it. Those guys are probably about as genetically gifted for bench as it gets. Keep in mind how specific genetics are. There are probably tons of guys riding the bench that can out bench the starting players, but they are not as good at football. Bench is not a great indicator of how athletic you will be on the field. Cleans are much better I think at predicting this.
I will say that the workout described above is very impressive. 585x6 is not something I think many NFL guys could do. Based on that it sounds like this guy McMeans may be able to bench 700 raw if he tapered down for it.
I think that is the exception though and not the rule for all NFL players.