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Mitch Petrus ties bench-press record

When I was in high school, I once said to one of the guys who was far too concerned about the amount of weight he could bench press that I was aware of no job application that requests that information.

He laughed.  And then he threw me out a window.

More than 25 years later, I am aware of a job application that requests that information.  The NFL not only wants to know how many times a guy can bench-press 225 pounds; the NFL wants to see it.

On Friday, they saw Arkansas lineman Mitch Petrus tie the Scouting Combine record (kept since 2000) with 45, according to Frank Tadych of NFL.com.

Other offensive and defensive linemen who impressed were Russell Okung of Oklahoma State with 38, Eric Olsen of Notre Dame with 35, Joe Hawley of UNLV with 35, and Maryland’s Bruce Campbell with 34.

The all-time low was set nine years ago by cornerback Fred Smoot, who wobbled his elbows to a single rep.  He would later find other ways to exercise the muscles of his upper body.

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45 Responses to “Mitch Petrus ties bench-press record”
  1. litemater says: Feb 26, 2010 6:53 PM

    Old News…

  2. ChitownSuperBowl says: Feb 26, 2010 6:55 PM

    First

  3. Wiscdave says: Feb 26, 2010 7:02 PM

    Florio defenestrated. Is there a YouTube clip?

  4. LiPo says: Feb 26, 2010 7:05 PM

    The defenestration of Florio?
    Nice. Similar to the scene in Braveheart except the victim in that movie was far more masculine.

  5. John El Way says: Feb 26, 2010 7:10 PM

    ROOOOOOIDS!!!!!!!!

  6. gosox2673 says: Feb 26, 2010 7:11 PM

    I’ve read n a few places that Justin Ernest of Eastern Kentucky put up 51 in 1999

  7. Zaggs says: Feb 26, 2010 7:20 PM

    Campbell may be a problem as a pro with his boomstick.

  8. FumbleNuts says: Feb 26, 2010 7:22 PM

    Dude is sic strong!
    Right now, Mitch Petrus is rated as the fourth-best guard in the draft and as a third-to-fourth round pick, according to NFLDraftScout.com
    Maybe he just moved up to the early second round?

  9. H0KiES34 says: Feb 26, 2010 7:22 PM

    hahahaha Fred Smoot only did one ..but hes had a decent career..i don’t think bench press is all that important for cover corners ..

  10. Ron says: Feb 26, 2010 7:24 PM

    I think Smoot was better known for
    excercising the muscle below the waist
    on the love boat adventure

  11. Deel says: Feb 26, 2010 7:35 PM

    The list of NFL stars in on the list is just astounding. Or just more evidence that more bench-presses has nothing to do with how you play football.

  12. Bitchplease says: Feb 26, 2010 7:38 PM

    It’s funny because every single guy on that “most-bench presses” list, we’ve never heard of again.

  13. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Feb 26, 2010 7:41 PM

    B E A S T

  14. BadNewsKennels says: Feb 26, 2010 7:45 PM

    As a collegiate strength coach myself I can safely say the 225 bench press test is a terrible indicator of future NFL success and COMPLETELY worthless. At least the 40 is somewhat specific to the game of football….This amounts to a muscular endurance test, on par with testing incoming NBA players on how many times they can dunk a basketball in 1 minute. A 1-rep or 3-rep max would make far more sense.

  15. Snuff Smith says: Feb 26, 2010 7:47 PM

    Dem Arkansas boyz is big

  16. slipkid says: Feb 26, 2010 8:00 PM

    flawrio is undefenestratable

  17. Buck Stallion says: Feb 26, 2010 8:12 PM

    Having them drink beers then take a driving test would be more applicable for NFL applicants.

  18. Sanchez4Prez says: Feb 26, 2010 8:12 PM

    Next year they should bench press Fred Smoot!

  19. Little Tommy says: Feb 26, 2010 8:13 PM

    I know it’s the offseason, but is this news???

  20. jimmySee says: Feb 26, 2010 8:25 PM

    Workout warriors do not necessarily make great football players. Tony Mandarich comes to mind.

  21. Opie says: Feb 26, 2010 8:40 PM

    @ BadNewsKennels: no way your a strength coach after that blurb….or, maybe, you just misquoted yourself.
    “This amounts to a muscular endurance test,” um, yeah and football is about muscular endurance. Yes, it is short bursts, but endurance to be able to continue these short bursts over a long period of time.
    @ Florio: This explains all I needed to know and answers so many of my questions…

  22. Drew Brees' Face Smudge says: Feb 26, 2010 8:51 PM

    # gosox2673 says: February 26, 2010 7:11 PM
    I’ve read n a few places that Justin Ernest of Eastern Kentucky put up 51 in 1999
    ————————————————————
    Its been said that a friend put that up to help his draft status and its just kinda stuck around cyberspace. The unofficial combine record is 45 held I believe by some dude from UTEP or UNLV or similar sounding.
    Igor Olshansky did 46 at Oregon but it didnt count officially. He also holds their squat record and clean and jerk record.
    It helped his status when he was drafted but then he got soft, the Chargers allowed him to leave and he signed with Dallas, got fat, and doesnt really contribute.

  23. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 26, 2010 9:07 PM

    meaningless

  24. robesi says: Feb 26, 2010 9:20 PM

    For what it’s worth, it was always said that Tony Mandarich put up 39 and had NO signs of slowing, before scouts just told him to stop…

  25. lilhopo says: Feb 26, 2010 9:24 PM

    My brother in law Tony Palmer out of University of Missouri benched 225lbs 41 x’s at the combine and he got drafted 7th round by the Rams and then traded to Green Bay where he only spent three years in the NFL. So bench pressing does not mean that you are a great nfl lineman.

  26. Big Tex says: Feb 26, 2010 9:33 PM

    @Drew Brees’
    Who told you that Olshansky “doesn’t really contribute”. The guy was a force against the run and at about half the cost of Chris Canty.

  27. BadNewsKennels says: Feb 26, 2010 9:35 PM

    Sorry opie, football is NOT a muscular endurance sport by any stretch of the imagination, it is almost entirely anaerobic. The work to rest ratio is 1:8-10 (play lasts 3-5 seconds, play clock is 40 seconds) , giving your body sufficent time to recover from short burst of max effort when you factor in the 10-15 minute breaks when your unit is off the field.
    Muscular endurance sport = distance running
    Muscular strength/power sport = sprinting/football
    go back to school…or just ask any strength coach in the country

  28. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 26, 2010 9:41 PM

    LiPo: ====”The defenestration of Florio?
    Nice. Similar to the scene in Braveheart except the victim in that movie was far more masculine
    “=========
    hahahahahah Florio got OWNED.
    And as far as the article, yeah, putting up 225lbs 45 times proves nothing. It’d be more relevant to have him put up 400lbs 8 times or something like that, when talking about offensive linemen.

  29. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Feb 26, 2010 9:54 PM

    Okung and Campbell are impressive in that they’ve got those long arms. Essentially, they have to move the weight a lot farther than the guys with shorter arms.

  30. FrothyGold says: Feb 26, 2010 9:57 PM

    Barry Rose – A WR out of Univ. Wisconsin – Stevens Point did 32 reps. He was picked up by Buffalo – Marv Levy didn’t believe he could do it – so he busted 32 out again for the coach!!!! AMAZING!!!

  31. Route36West says: Feb 26, 2010 10:41 PM

    Why would Smoot even do the bench press if he was that weak? Makes no sense.
    I would love to see Desean Jackson try the bench press. Have you ever seen how small his arms are? They would shatter under 250 lbs of weight.
    Which makes it even more amazing how he dominates 200+ lb NFL defensive players.

  32. prettio says: Feb 27, 2010 12:05 AM

    Smoot was always more of a clean and jerk guy.

  33. morm3993 says: Feb 27, 2010 12:14 AM

    1994, I think Big Daddy Dan Wilkenson put 225 up 49 times. Giving the Bungles just the excuse they needed to pass up Marshal Faulk.

  34. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 27, 2010 12:30 AM

    he tied a combine record? …can he play football? …otherwise, who gives a crap? the combine is one of the most over-hyped events in sports, between guys showing up and not working out until their pro days, and guys like Mike Mamula, who show up, and fool scouts, because they’re better athletes than they are football players,…I wonder how many people are such geeks that they watch the combine garbage on the NFL Network

  35. Jon says: Feb 27, 2010 12:57 AM

    Bruce Campbell is a freak of nature.
    His stock should rise nicely as a result of the combine.

  36. Ryan says: Feb 27, 2010 1:21 AM

    Its 225 lbs of weight.

  37. patpatriotagain says: Feb 27, 2010 2:48 AM

    “with the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select….Mitch Petrus!”

  38. OscarMooseFarmer says: Feb 27, 2010 6:35 AM

    So what if Smoot only did one..
    Deion Sanders nailed it when Rich Eisen asked him om NFLN if couldn’t atleast have stuck around for the bench press after running out of the superdome after the 40… “When did I ever have to lay Jerry Rice across my chest and lift him?”

  39. last starfighter says: Feb 27, 2010 7:57 AM

    # Route36West says: February 26, 2010 10:41 PM
    Why would Smoot even do the bench press if he was that weak? Makes no sense.
    I would love to see Desean Jackson try the bench press. Have you ever seen how small his arms are? They would shatter under 250 lbs of weight.
    Which makes it even more amazing how he dominates 200+ lb NFL defensive players.
    —————————————————————
    Having a strong upper body helps receivers throw off jams but out-quicking a db at the line is much easier if you have the skills

  40. brasho says: Feb 27, 2010 9:13 AM

    BadNewsKennels says:
    February 26, 2010 7:45 PM
    As a collegiate strength coach myself I can safely say the 225 bench press test is a terrible indicator of future NFL success and COMPLETELY worthless. At least the 40 is somewhat specific to the game of football….This amounts to a muscular endurance test, on par with testing incoming NBA players on how many times they can dunk a basketball in 1 minute. A 1-rep or 3-rep max would make far more sense.
    I agree with you 100% with one exception, however, though the bench doesn’t tell you much and you know as well as I do that a guy that puts up 225 in the mid-20’s might very well be a 500+ lb bencher (as well as there are little guys like me who has put it up 27X and I can’t put up 365), but putting up a decent number of reps of 225 shows one thing for sure-work ethic.
    Players that can’t bench 225 for decent numbers (less than 20 for non-offensive linemen and non-DTs, less than mid 20’s for OL and DTs) shows that they haven’t spent a whole lot of time in the weight room which means they haven’t been working very hard to get better at their craft. The guys that don’t put up decent numbers show they aren’t hardworkers off the field which means they might not rehab as fervently as others or even go as far to say they won’t study film or do extra work to become better.

  41. brasho says: Feb 27, 2010 9:20 AM

    February 26, 2010 8:51 PM
    # gosox2673 says: February 26, 2010 7:11 PM
    I’ve read n a few places that Justin Ernest of Eastern Kentucky put up 51 in 1999
    ————————————————————
    Its been said that a friend put that up to help his draft status and its just kinda stuck around cyberspace. The unofficial combine record is 45 held I believe by some dude from UTEP or UNLV or similar sounding.
    ___________________________________
    .
    Actually the guy in question was a DT from UTEP named Leif Larsen. The BIlls drafted him in round 5 or so and he was from Norway and supposedly looked to scouts like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. From what I recall, Larsen/Drago stood 6’5 weighed 300 ran a 5.09 and put up 45 reps of 225. The other part of the story was that Larsen had 10 reps taken away due to not going up far enough….
    Larsen came to UTEP to throw the shot for the track team and walked on the football team. Larsen’s career in the NFL was short, his UTEP teammate Bryan Young had a much longer career. Larsen shortly after turned to boxing http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=215380&cat=boxer trampling tomato cans around Europe and that was the last I heard from him.

  42. Opie says: Feb 27, 2010 9:55 AM

    @ badnewskennels: I read your original post wrong, but had more to do w/you stating a 40 was more sport specific than a bench press.
    While football is almost entirely anaerobic, you must have a base of aerobic fitness in order to recover. Combined with the length of the game, recovery periods or not, you will get tired faster w/out aerobic fitness. Muscular endurance is needed, but not like cross country running.
    Recovery capacity is developed by increasing aerobic fitness & reactive power, strength, starting power, and power endurance are the main attributes that lead to athletic success.
    My point being, and I’m guessing you’ll agree, that there are better tests than what they are using.

  43. RUGGERLAD says: Feb 27, 2010 10:28 AM

    Bitchplease says:
    February 26, 2010 7:38 PM
    It’s funny because every single guy on that “most-bench presses” list, we’ve never heard of again
    So true, who the hell is Larry Allen?
    Well I agree that it is not the best indicator Larry is one of the best Guards to ever have played the game and is a future Hall of Famer. Without him Emmitt would not have come close to the record even if he played 30 seasons. There are positions where the bench is important (e.g. OL), but there are far more important factors than Larry’s bench that made him dominant. The distance from your chest to your wrist also needs also to be considered.

  44. Big Tex says: Feb 27, 2010 11:57 AM

    Of course Larry Allen didn’t just play around with 225. The dude could do 700 lbs on the bench.

  45. lilhopo says: Feb 27, 2010 12:58 PM

    Mitch Petrus just pulled a hamstring doing the 40. I guess patpatriotagain was right Raiders will sign him with the 8th pick

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