When I showed up to the first organized team activity (OTA) following the NFL draft of 2005, the first thing I said to myself was "Holy $#^%! These guys are freakin' HUGE!!!"
This is the biggest difference between college and the NFL. Every guy out there is a fully grown, fully developed, well-trained, finely oiled machine. You're either rock solid, tough and ready to take a beating, or you go home early and cry to Mommy.
This article is intended to give a uniquely personal take on my journey detailing some of the mightiest men I've ever encountered—men who stand above all others in a sport comprised of the world's most physically imposing behemoths.
Men such as these are the embodiment of sheer power and brute strength. They're both unstoppable and immovable. Some guys are superstars in the weight room yet get pushed around all day long out on the field. Others may never do much with weights but are beasts between the lines.
This is the difference between weight-room strength and functional strength, and functional strength will be at the heart of my list.
The players I mention here reverberate through time, etching a permanent mark deep in my cognition. Perhaps they'll give rise to folklore or legend among the populace years from now.
They may never be listed with the best football players to play the game, but should an argument arise for the strongest, they should forever be in consideration.
Note: If, while reading, you find there are names missing from the list, it probably means I have not personally experienced their strength; hence, that's most likely why they were left off.
Without further ado, I bring you the "Strongest Men I've Ever Encountered!"