For us average “Joe Six-Packs” watching the NFL on television, the athletic feats and prowess our favorite athletes have are virtually unfathomable to us. What these guys can accomplish on their worst days far exceeds anything the majority of us could accomplish even in our athletic primes.
But even given that, there’s a hierarchy of athletes within the NFL itself. While the league is home to some of the most exceptional athletic talents on the planet, there are those select players who are true “freaks of nature.” Whether it’s their size, strength, speed, or combination of those three, some of these athletes are able to perform feats that we can’t even image.
Here are some of the strongest NFL athletes – both in recent memory, and currently in the NFL.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
It’s borderline absurd to think that a running back who ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.55 seconds could actually stand 6’3 and weigh just under 250lbs. But that’s the exact specifications of current Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. An absolute bulldozer of a running back, who still has remarkably nimble feet, Henry is a monstrously strong athlete.
His 22 repetitions of 225lbs on the bench press (at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine) are one thing, but the videos of him flipping monster truck tires and pushing around pickup trucks as part of his off-season training regimens are another. It’s that type of off-season work that helped him run for a career-high 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018.