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Stephen Paea....MANBEAST

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by matilack, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    NFL.com Blogs » Blog Archive Paea shatters combine bench-press mark «

    Paea shatters combine bench-press mark By NFL.com Staff |
    Published: February 27th, 2011 | Tags: Stephen Paea, 2011 NFL Scouting Combine

    INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon State DT Stephen Paea broke the NFL Scouting Combine’s 225-pound bench-press record Sunday with a stunning 49 repetitions.

    Paea, who told reporters he notched 48 reps Monday, broke the previous mark of 45, set in 2000 by Texas-El Paso’s Leif Larsen, which was tied in 2006 by Ohio State DE Mike Kudla, then again at last year’s combine by Arkansas guard Mitch Petrus.

    “I’ve been blessed the last couple months to prepare for this event,” Paea said about 45 minutes after the lift. The 6-foot-1, 303-pounder later added: “I think I could go back and do another one.”

    Paea, who can bench a max of 550 pounds, according to his bio, expressed pride in the coaches and trainers who prepared him.

    Paea has an interesting back story. He grew up playing rugby in Tonga and didn’t pick up football until moving to the United States at 16. He played high school football in Provo, Utah, then attended Snow Junior College in nearby Ephraim for one year before landing at Oregon State.

    Paea, rated as Mike Mayock’s No. 5 defensive tackle, was invited to the Senior Bowl last month, but he couldn’t participate while recovering from a damaged lateral meniscus in his right knee.

    Here are the top bench-press results at the combine since 2000:

    Paea: 49
    Petrus: 45
    Kudla: 45
    Larsen: 45
    Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia (2010): 44
    Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State (2006): 44
    Scott Young, G, BYU (2005): 43
    Tank Tyler, DT, North Carolina State (2007): 42
    Isaac Sopoaga, DT, Hawaii (2004): 42
     
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    was pretty impressive indeed.
     
  3. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    Bunch of no-names on that list, though.
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Clearly there's no correlation between that and success in the NFL (i'll remind you Igor Olshansky tied the record in 04 with 41 - nuff said), but it remains impressive
     
  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Yeah its more a test of muscle endurance, but football is played 5-7 seconds at a time.

    More relevant is probably his 1 rep max.
     
  6. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    Impressive but can he stop the run and sack the QB?
     
  7. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Paea was a projected 1st rounder even before the workout. He's not one of those guys who goes from 4th round hopefull to combine star and gets selected to high.
     
  8. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    Well if that's the case, let's draft him! IF he's still on the board.
     

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