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.