I am always amazed at how so many misguided sports writers equate bench press with strength. Yeah, I'll concede that a 600 lb. bench isn't chicken feed, but strongest man competition? Give us a break! When have you ever seen a strong man event that starts out in the supine position?
It's also obvious that in this picture he has a pad under his shirt which casts some doubt on the validity of the 600 lb. bench claim anyway. I agree with Al Feurbach, let all of my opponents think that benching is the secret. Meanwhile I'll work on cleaning, snatching, squatting, and putting the bar overhead.
Maybe that is how Jesse trains as well, but the writers only get excited about his bench and give it all the publicity. Crazy world out there when it comes to reporting the strength levels of American Footbal players.
Jesse Williams might be in the wrong sport.
Williams, an Australia native, is a defensive lineman for Alabama, but earlier this week he proved he could easily participate in the Strongest Man competition.
Just call him Jesse ver Jesseson.
"I saw @ThaMonstar (Jesse Williams) dominate 600 lbs on the bench this morning... Incredible" tweeted Alabama long snapper Cade Foster, who benched a stunning 455 pounds.
To put Williams feat in perspective, former Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe maxed out at 500 pounds during this year's NFL Scouting Combine.
Williams started every game for the Crimson Tide last season. He had 24 tackles, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.
I'm sure the opposing offensive linemen who have seen this picture just can't wait to face Williams this fall.
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