Athletes Showing Insane Amounts of Strength

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2015

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 16:  J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans throws a football to a fan in the stands during the pre game warmups prior to the start of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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It's no shocker that all of our favorite athletes were blessed with an insane amount of talent and strength. After all, that's what separates them from you or me...and the God-given abilities to play a pro sport in the first place.

While they can all bench a ton of weight, run super fast and are built like a rock, there are some who have shown the ability to do ungodly things, making our jaws drop and making us wonder if what we're seeing is, in fact, real.

So here are some of the athletes performing insane amounts of strength—with no CGI effects.

10. Travis Rudolph Does Syracuse Dirty

Barles Charkley @J_WReynolds

Travis Rudolph...Dang! RIP Syracuse secondary...🤐😲 #ThatStiffArm https://t.co/hNZN2aOF7s

It wasn't just an unbelievable throw that made eyes pop, but it was the catch and the damage that Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Travis Rudolph did to the Syracuse secondary that made this act of strength so insane.

Rudolph weaved his way through the defenders with ease, with the craziest thing being the dirty stiff-arm that he gave a poor opposing player that really got the crowd going.

If there's one thing that's hard to do, it's pushing another player to the ground with one arm and then adding insult to him by scoring—which Rudolph did to perfection on this play.

9. Aaron Rodgers Has Some Serious Arm Strength

All one has to do is watch a Green Bay Packers game to realize that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has an absolute flame-thrower as a right arm, often squeezing passes into tight windows and actually hurting his receiver's hands.

The toss he had against the Detroit Lions this season on a Hail Mary, though, was one that will be talked about for a long, long time.

Rodgers, who escaped Lions tacklers and rolled out of the pocket on the play, didn't just heave the ball from his own 35-yard-line, but the fact that he nearly hit the rafters in the process proves that he has arm strength that has to be unmatched in the NFL.

Seriously, this toss looked as if it were one of those old Powerade commercials that was edited and computer generated, not something that went that high and far in real life.

8. Kyle Schwarber Sends One to the Moon

While his Chicago Cubs teammate, Kris Bryant, had an absolute blast during the regular season that traveled an estimated 495 feet in Wrigley Field, the dinger that Kyle Schwarber had against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS was even more insane.

A homer that the tape measurer couldn't record, Schwarber's bomb ended up on the top of the scoreboard at Wrigley, making it one of the biggest in the stadium's long history.

It's no wonder the team decided to keep the thing up there rather than take it down.

7. Vejtey Zsombor Is Not Human

All I really know about this video is that the athlete's name in it is Vejtey Zsombor and he's really, really strong.

Like, seriously, the guy is ripped up and has crazy amounts of stability and control over his body as he does things like hold himself up sideways and hangs off of a bridge with just one hand between him and the ground.

The video was put together by a group of Hungarian high school students after Zsombor trained for three years to perform stunts like this—so don't try this at home without some support beneath you, because it takes a ton of strength and practice.

6. Jeff Green Nearly Goes Full-Court

The shot may not have counted because it came after the buzzer, but you can't help but be impressed with the near full-court shot that Jeff Green sunk while playing for the Boston Celtics last season.

While the points may not have counted, Green made the shot look way too easy, launching it from about 86 feet—which would have been close to the NBA record set by Baron Davis.

I dare you to stand close to the opposite basket on a basketball court and not be intimidated with how far away Green really was when he shot this. I guarantee you it'll put it in perspective just how difficult making something like this was—even if it didn't officially show up on the scoreboard.

5. Alabama Recruit Eddy Pineiro's Wrecking-Ball Leg Kicks a 77-Yarder In Practice

Eddy Piñeiro @EddyPineiro

77 yarder the grind don't stop working hard to be the best. https://t.co/p5s4GQVpAi

I know that this was in practice and not when a bunch of 300-pound guys are trying to block it, but that doesn't mean Eddy Pineiro's leg isn't as strong as any that I've ever seen in my entire life.

While practicing last week, one of the highest-rated kickers in next year's class and Alabama recruit drilled a 77-yarder with ease, clearing the upright and making opposing coaches fearful for what this kid might be able to do during a game.

Leave it to Alabama coach Nick Saban to make sure one of his kickers never leaves a ball short again—because  how that can turn out.

4. Holly Holm Stuns Ronda Rousey with a Lethal Roundhouse Kick

When Holly Holm surprised sports fans by knocking out formerly undefeated women's UFC champ Ronda Rousey with a roundhouse kick, it wasn't just something that was a little tap.

In fact, after seeing the damage that it caused Rousey—you know, like plastic surgery and stuff—it was a blow that was pulverizing.

More than just the kick that knocked out her opponent, though, how about Holly Holm getting some credit for even lasting as long as she did against the former champ? For the most part, Rousey was humiliating other fighters with an armbar move in under 60 seconds, so between the kick heard 'round the world and the strength to stay pound-for-pound with Rousey, Holm earned this victory.

I know one thing, I never want to get kicked by Holm after seeing this.

3. Yoenis Cespedes Can Launch a Baseball

When the New York Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of last season, he kick-started their entire season, providing offensive firepower that they used all the way until October, eventually, reaching the World Series.

Another thing he did was give them jaw-dropping plays that were often the talk of baseball each and every day, showing that he's one of the most exciting players in the sport.

One of his classic highlights came against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he launched a throw from the warning track to third base in time to get the Bucs' Sean Rodriguez—who learned to never dare test that rifle of an arm of Cespedes.

2. Justice Futch Goes Full Beast Mode

It might "only" be high school football, but one has to admire the crazy amount of strength that running back Justice Futch put on display during a game earlier this season.

That's because Futch didn't just bulldoze a player and knock him backward, but then actually dragged another a good 10 yards or so when that kid thought bringing Futch down by his jersey would actually work.

Silly defender, that doesn't work when a beast like Justice Futch is determined to get into the end zone—and then become an Internet sensation because of it.

1. J.J. Watt Has a Cannon

You guys, it's crazy enough that Houston Texans defender J.J. Watt is a freak athlete who can do nasty box jumps and pulverize offensive lineman with ease, but this whole tossing a football into the upper deck thing is just mind-blowing.

Watt has made jaws drop a few times with this feat, casually throwing the pigskin hundreds of feet into the air and playing catch as if it were nothing at all.

I don't know about you, but suddenly that 40-yard bomb I threw last weekend that got me stoked doesn't seem so impressive anymore. Thanks, J.J.


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