Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams certainly made a lot of noise when word spread that he had bench pressed 600 lbs.
On Thursday, he met with reporters after practice and talked a little bit more about his impressive feat:
“Well, I took it off the rack, touched my chest and pushed it back up. That’s pretty much how it went,” he joked. “No, it was good. I didn’t mean to make a statement about anything. I kind of just used it as an example of how we’ve been working throughout the summer. I wasn’t the only one who benched heavy. I was just lucky enough to be the one that benched the most.”
Williams said that 600 lbs. is not his max and that he could do 40 or 50 lbs. more if the coaches would let him. But they cut him off at 600 for safety reasons.
One reporter noted that 40 or 50 lbs. more would be the equivalent to two D.J. Flukers.
“Now that you put it that way it makes me seem like some sort of superhero,” he said in response. “I wish I could push two D.J. Flukers around at once. It was a good feat to do. For me, it was good to have that under my belt. Like I said, I didn’t try to make a statement, just tried to show how hard we were working throughout the summer.”
Williams said that when he got to Alabama, he was maxing out around 500-510 lbs.
“They have a good program here,” he said. “It pays off, obviously. You see a lot of the freshmen come in and get real big, real fast.”
As for it blowing up the way it did on Twitter? That wasn’t exactly in his plan.
“I doubt a lot of my opponents really follow me on Twitter,” Williams said. “It exploded a lot further than I expected. I’m sure other teams got a whiff of it. I had friends from my junior college call and ask me about it, ask if it was real and stuff. It was fun. …I just used it to show how we were working throughout the summer.”
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