Found January 23, 2013 on NESN.com:
The NFL is about on-field production, not what players can do in the weight room. Although, the NFL combine is used to gauge the speed, strength and agility of future prospects, so it’s no wonder that one big-time prospect is aiming to break the combine’s longstanding bench press record this year. Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams, who projects as a first- or second-round pick in this year’s draft, plans to break the draft combine record of 51 bench press reps of 225 pounds at this year’s event, according to an interview he did with The Courier-Mail. The current record of 51 was set by Justin Ernest of Eastern Kentucky in 1999. Williams, a native of Brisbane, Australia, believes he will break that mark, and has even maxed out at 600 pounds on the bench to prove his unrivaled strength. Putting that strength in context, Williams’ 600-pound max is 100 pounds more than that of 2012 combine bench champion Dontari Poe, who completed 44 bench press reps at the combine. Williams isn’...
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