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Pro Day prospect bests Combine bench-press record

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It’s fitting, we suppose, that during this constant airing of grievances by the NFL and its players, an incoming rookie has performed an unprecedented feat of strength.

Blaine Sumner, who played college football at the Colorado School of Mines, reportedly bench-pressed 225 pounds a whopping 52 times on Monday at his Pro Day workout.

That’s three more than the Scouting Combine record of 49, set this year by Oregon State’s Stephen Paea.

And, of course, it remains meaningless unless and until the NFL incorporates the bench press into the official playing rules.

But any post that isn’t about the lockout is a welcome oasis in this desert of decertification and litigation.  So thanks, Blaine, for giving us something to write about.

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37 Responses to “Pro Day prospect bests Combine bench-press record”
  1. skoobyfl says: Mar 19, 2011 6:08 PM

    Wow, that’s really tough.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 19, 2011 6:08 PM

    Do they drug test these kids around their pro-day?

    Just curious…

  3. jdandcoke says: Mar 19, 2011 6:09 PM

    whether or not he ever plays a down in the nfl….thats an amazing feat of strength/endurance.

  4. carolinethedog says: Mar 19, 2011 6:11 PM

    Congrats Mr. Sumner…I hope you get a shot, give’em hell!
    Buuut,
    Colorado School of Mines?! Wha??? That’s a new one for me….thought I knew them all.

  5. hobartbaker says: Mar 19, 2011 6:13 PM

    Blaine ended up at the Colorado School of Mines when larger football programs bypassed him due to his 19″ arms.

  6. dolphinatic says: Mar 19, 2011 6:19 PM

    He is to bench pressing, as Antonio Cromartie is to baby making.

  7. wryly1 says: Mar 19, 2011 6:25 PM

    But is he strong enough to lift away the fog of BS surrounding the NFL lockout?

  8. thetooloftools says: Mar 19, 2011 6:28 PM

    It’s all well and good… but if you ain’t at “the ball”, it doesn’t matter how good you can dance.
    Sorry.
    Doesn’t count.

  9. rovibe says: Mar 19, 2011 6:34 PM

    Two points:

    1 – I’m not sure the bench press is so meaningless for a lineman. Fighting off blockers, exploding through them, etc.

    2 – If this guy is drafted, this will be the first draft in NFL history where two players named Blaine were selected. I’m actually just making that up, but I’m sure it’s true. No need to check the facts…

  10. dbellina says: Mar 19, 2011 6:48 PM

    That Blaine Summer dude set an American record in squatting with 905 lbs.

  11. jupe says: Mar 19, 2011 6:58 PM

    great job by the former Oredigger

  12. rovibe says: Mar 19, 2011 7:42 PM

    Oh. My. God.

    This guy needs to change his name ASAP.

    I just Googled him to see if there was any highlight footage. Try it. Then try to get the image out of your head.

  13. rovibe says: Mar 19, 2011 7:43 PM

    OK, my bad.

    I typed ‘Blaine Summer’, when I should have typed ‘Sumner’.

    Still, he needs a new nickname or something…

  14. phillychzstk2012 says: Mar 19, 2011 7:46 PM

    DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT search “Blaine SuMMer” in google. Dudes last name is SuMNer. Trying to save others from that mistake.

  15. ilovethiscrap says: Mar 19, 2011 7:49 PM

    Holly crap! The Colorado School of mines is a state engineering school. This guy isn’t stupid, on the contrary is probably quite smart, especially if he is due to graduate (and probably is). This type of news just might get a team or two to take a little look at him, invite him to a private workout, or at the minimum once all this lock-out/decertification crap has ended, a chance to try out as an undrafted free agent. Would love to hear about him making it some day!

  16. realitypolice says: Mar 19, 2011 7:55 PM

    All that strength will serve him well in the future, when he’s, you know, working in the mines.

  17. rovibe says: Mar 19, 2011 9:54 PM

    Seriously —

    check out YouTube – his agent has a highlight reel posted, where he calls Sumner ‘the Vanilla Gorilla’.

  18. beauregard says: Mar 19, 2011 9:56 PM

    Future undrafted Pro-Bowler for the Broncos.

  19. rayguyreturns says: Mar 19, 2011 9:58 PM

    Irregardless of the NFL, kudos to this guy for having the commitment to train that hard at anything.

    I hope he does well either football wise or other career wise.

  20. mtnoll says: Mar 19, 2011 11:22 PM

    http://www.csmorediggers.com/sports/fball/2010-11/bios/Blaine%20Sumner

    He had 4 rushing touchdowns last year!! And 3 blocked kicks!!

  21. Audible Football says: Mar 19, 2011 11:56 PM

    49 at the combine is more impressive than 52 at some pro day

  22. burntorangehorn says: Mar 20, 2011 12:11 AM

    Blaine Sumner Shrugged.

  23. steven0524 says: Mar 20, 2011 12:36 AM

    @ rovibe –

    it’s an impressive feat of strength, but that’s all it is. It is relevant only insofar as being laid out flat on your back (where a lineman should never find himself) and pushing a player off of you in an attempt to get prone again.

    Functional strength in the NFL is fluid; you never have the advantage of a static surface to push off against like you do in the bench. Squat and deadlift strength have more relevance because they’re truer compound exercises. Regardless, I’ll take Warren Sapp’s 19 reps any day of the week if the player attached has the same intangibles.

  24. davikes says: Mar 20, 2011 1:07 AM

    He’s on the deans list at CMU, so yes, he’ll probably graduate. BS in Petroleum Engineering and MS in Engineering & Technology Mgmt. The guy would probably enter the nfl and become the NFL’s strongest man. Squat 905, bench 635, deadlift 800 pounds. Supposedly runs a 5.2 40. That’s all ridiculous, considering he actually studies too. I thought the run blocking as a fullback was the best part of the video. (I don’t have anything better to do right now.)

  25. canjura says: Mar 20, 2011 3:19 AM

    He’s going to be the Raiders first pick in this years draft. A guy who wasn’t even invited to the Combine is going to be a 2nd round pick, dang. (They have no 1st rounder right?)

  26. kelvinmchale says: Mar 20, 2011 6:42 AM

    Keep your pants on, guys like him never make it. See: Tony Mandarich

  27. txhc says: Mar 20, 2011 6:54 AM

    “rovibe says:
    Mar 19, 2011 7:42 PM
    Oh. My. God.

    This guy needs to change his name ASAP.

    I just Googled him to see if there was any highlight footage. Try it. Then try to get the image out of your head.”

    YOU BASTARD!! MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. txhc says: Mar 20, 2011 6:56 AM

    “phillychzstk2012 says:
    Mar 19, 2011 7:46 PM
    DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT search “Blaine SuMMer” in google. Dudes last name is SuMNer. Trying to save others from that mistake.”

    It doesn’t matter. Spell it right and do a Google image search. You will get the same results.

    DON’T GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH THIS GUY. WARNING!!!!!

  29. dempsey63 says: Mar 20, 2011 10:03 AM

    Some of those bench press dudes seem to have a range of motion of about 1″ per rep, so it’s easy to squeeze out 40 in no time at all. You see the same thing with guys trying to break pushup records; they barely dip toward the floor at all.

    Is that the case here?

  30. dempsey63 says: Mar 20, 2011 10:08 AM

    “DON’T GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH THIS GUY. WARNING!!!!!”
    ____________________________________

    Apparently the “Strict” setting has none of the protective powers that the new .xxx suffix is supposed to bring.

    Look for the name “Blaine Sumner” to eventually hold the personal world record for “Foot-Long Onion Rings” stacking.

  31. Al Davis says: Mar 20, 2011 10:16 AM

    I think his max on bench should matter more than how many time he can do 225. For instance when I was 17 I could only do 225 about 10 times, but I could max 350. I wonder what he can max

  32. obamaczarofussa says: Mar 20, 2011 12:06 PM

    Amazing feat of strength and endurance for a man of his size…But he has to be timing his anabolics just right, ’cause thats just not an “unsupplemented” possibility.

  33. bhester1906 says: Mar 20, 2011 12:19 PM

    Who cares? He probably ran a 6.2 40.

  34. contract says: Mar 20, 2011 12:27 PM

    “That Blaine Summer dude set an American record in squatting with 905 lbs.”

    Damn! Even the American Standard “Champion 4″ model couldn’t handle that load.

  35. brasho says: Mar 20, 2011 12:53 PM

    dempsey63 says:
    Mar 20, 2011 10:03 AM
    Some of those bench press dudes seem to have a range of motion of about 1″ per rep, so it’s easy to squeeze out 40 in no time at all. You see the same thing with guys trying to break pushup records; they barely dip toward the floor at all.

    Is that the case here?

    ++++++++++++++

    Really? Easy? Then you do it. If a scout was there then he had to have at least 2/3 the way up…just like at the combine.

  36. brasho says: Mar 20, 2011 12:57 PM

    Al Davis says:
    Mar 20, 2011 10:16 AM
    I think his max on bench should matter more than how many time he can do 225. For instance when I was 17 I could only do 225 about 10 times, but I could max 350. I wonder what he can max

    +++++++++++++++++++

    You did 225 for only 10 but could max 350? I’m calling BS on this one. My PB for 225 is 27 and my PB for max is only 365…now I focus on reps a lot more than max… but I’ve NEVER seen anybody that could only do 10 reps of 225 do more than 315….

    If you read the other comments instead of making less than truthful statements, you’d see that somebody wrote that he maxes 635… which is crazy if he is natural, and perhaps even crazier natural or not if he’s only 22-23.

  37. steven0524 says: Mar 20, 2011 9:15 PM

    @ brasho –

    Correct, when have the reps for 225 ever panned out for a prospect? Just look at the list of the best performances – not one of those guys has made any impact in the NFL. You can however use one metric for the 225 and that is the minimum amount of reps. As a Bucs fan I remember Eric Curry, one move wonder, coming out of the draft; he did either 8 or 11 reps with 225. That’s just pitiful for a lineman. As with you, I could do more than him, which scared me because although I’m far stronger than the ‘average guy’ I did not feel like I could be competitive against elite athletes that had 50 pounds on me. So great for this kid, but I’ll bet he does more with powerlifting than with the NFL.

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