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The Strongest And Fittest Players In The NFL

The National Football League (NFL) is the home to some of the world’s greatest athletes, men who are immensely strong, ridiculously fast, and have fitness levels that mere mortals can only dream of reaching.

The NFL’s elite earn astronomical sums of money for representing their team, so it is only fair they do everything in their power to help their team succeed on the field. Keeping at the peak of strength and fitness is one way to do this in one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet.

Every wannabe NFL star undergoes the NFL Scouting Combine before each year’s draft. The combine puts college football players through a multitude of strength, agility, and mental tests that are designed to give scouts an insight into a player’s potential and prowess.

The players you are about to read about are, for want of better words, freaks of nature. They combine incredible strength with almost unbelievable fitness levels. It is not surprising these stars command some of the biggest salaries in the NFL.

Aaron Donald – Los Angeles Rams

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Aaron Donald has been in the NFL since the St. Louis Rams, now the Los Angeles Rams selected him as the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Standing at 6ft 1in tall and weighing in at 280 lbs, Donald plays as a defensive tackle.

Donald is not only one of the strongest players in the NFL, one who bench pressed 225 lbs 37 times during his scouting combines, but he is also able to run the 40-yard-dash in 4.68 seconds, which makes him a formidable player.

Combining his speed, agility, and strength has led to Donald making more than 280 solo tackles and 98 sacks during his career. Backing Donald to top the sacks chart is one of the NFL best bets you can make each season.

The Rams see Donald as a vital cog in their well-oiled machine. So much so that they rewarded Donald with a contract worth $175 million, making him the only non-quarterback earning $30 million per season.

DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks

DK Metcalf is only 24 years old and has only played in the NFL since 2019, but he already has a reputation of being one of the fastest and strongest wide receivers currently playing their trade in football’s top competition. Metcalf stands 6ft 4in and weighs 235 lbs, which is on the larger side for a wide receiver.

Metcalf is a natural athlete who participated in the 100 meters at the USATF Golden Games to qualify for the Olympic Trials. While Metcalf did not make it to the Olympic team, he managed a 100-meter time of 10.37 seconds!

His combine results were equally as impressive with a 4.33 seconds 40-yard-dash time, a 40.5 in the vertical jump, an 11ft 2 in the broad jump, in addition to 27 benchpress reps using a 225 lbs weight. Imagine Metcalf running at you at full speed!

Danielle Hunter – Minnesota Vikings

Jamaican-born Danielle Hunter is a giant of a man. He stands 6ft 5in tall and tips the scales at 263 lbs. Hunter is known for his incredible strength and insane muscle mass; he performs 80 lbs bicep curls with seemingly little effort.

Hunter wanted to be a wide receiver in high school but did not perform well enough in the tryouts, so he switched to outside linebacker. Hunter quickly racked up a record number of tackles, including 16 in his final game.

Hunter excelled in track & field events, capturing district titles in the high jumps, and finishing in the top six in the long jump and 400-meter dash.

Hunter’s combine figures saw him record a 4.57-seconds 40-yard dash, making him the fastest defensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft. He also managed 25 benchpress reps of 225 lbs!

A special mention must go to Larry Allen, who played 203 NFL games between 1994-2007. Allen could benchpress 500 lbs by the time he left college and had an unverified personal best of 715 lbs, which makes him one of only six men to benchpress 700 lbs without a bench shirt.

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