Oregon State's Stephen Paea set a bench-press record at the 2011 NFL Combine. SportingNews.com reports:
While the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine were being tested for their agility and quickness on the field, Oregon State defensive tackle prospect Stephen Paea stole the show in the weight room.
Paea set a Combine record for repetitions in the 225-pound bench press with 49 on Sunday. He nearly pushed the bar up for a 50th rep but just fell short. The previous record of 45 was shared by Giants guard Mitch Petrus (in 2010) and draft busts Leif Larsen (2000) and Mike Kudla (2006).
Although Auburn's Nick Fairley and Alabama's Marcell Dareus are the consensus top two defensive tackles on the board, Paea probably solidified his position among the top five by showing off unprecedented strength.
What's more amazing is that Paea (6-1 1/8, 295) is 14 pounds lighter than Dareus and 19 pounds lighter than Fairley. Paea also rolled through his reps quickly, despite consistently lifting 76 percent of his own body weight.
Paea now will go down in history with past Combine legends, including Deion Sanders in the 40-yard dash and Mike Mamula as a workout warrior. Paea must hope his NFL career plays out more like that of Sanders, who'll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Famer this summer, rather than Mamula, a draft bust of the Eagles who flamed out of the league in six years.