The Heaviest Deadlifts in Human History (Friday Flick)
In the past few years there have been several attempts made to break the world’s strongest man record. There are two records that stand out above all others: the strongest human bodyweight and the heaviest deadlift. Both of these records were set by Eddy Hall, a former professional football player from Texas.
Eddy Hall was born in 1951. His athletic career began when he played football at the age of twelve. After playing college ball for Texas Tech University, he decided to pursue a career in strength training. At the time, strength training consisted mostly of bodybuilding routines, but after watching Arnold Schwarzenegger perform his famous “Pumping Iron” routine, Hall realized that it would be possible to build muscle mass without resorting to drugs or steroids.
Hall decided to take up strength training full time and started working with Greg Nuckols, a fellow Texas Tech student who had trained under legendary strength coach Bill Starr.
Hall continued to train under Starr until his death in 1997. By then, he had become one of the best known and respected powerlifters in the United States. According to legend, Hall once lifted a barbell over 100 feet high. This has never been confirmed, but there is a video of Hall performing a deadlift with the American flag.
The video and the feat are real, though it’s not clear exactly how much weight was used in the lift.
Despite never turning pro, Hall won several awards for his strength over the years. He holds three Guiness World Record awards for the deadlift in different weight classes. Eddy’s records include a 660lb. deadlift at a bodyweight of 198lbs, an 825lb deadlift at a bodyweight of 275 lbs, and an incredible 1093 lb.
deadlift at a bodyweight of 308 lbs. To this day, he remains the only person to have ever lifted three times his own bodyweight. Only the late Andy Bolton has come close to this feat, having lifted “just” over 2.2 times his bodyweight.
When he wasn’t lifting, Eddy worked as a courier for an oil company in Houston. He was also a husband and a father to three children. In the years before his death, Eddy was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and given one year to live. He died on May 1st, 2016 at the age of 65.
Eddy can lift weights and charm people from beyond the grave, as his stories continue to inspire strength athletes around the world.
WIFE OF EDDIE HALL
I met Eddy in January of 1977. I was only 16 years old at the time and he was 20 years old. We both worked at a nursing home in a town called Levelland, Texas. He helped me clean one night and we hit it off from there.
As he was leaving that night, he asked for my phone number. He called me the next night to ask me out on a date. I accepted, of course.
We dated for only a few months before we got engaged. We married in May of the same year and were married for 40 years. We had three children together: Staci, Hayden, and Cody. Eddy always did the best he could as a father and husband.
He worked hard as an oil field worker while I stayed at home to take care of our children. He was a very dedicated man and loved his family very much. He never let anyone say anything bad about me or the kids, no matter what.
Eddy had a very serious back injury while working in the oil fields at the age of 28. Doctors said he would be lucky if he could walk again, but he proved them wrong. He worked hard to walk again and rehab himself as he could. He walked with a limp for the rest of his life after that though.
Eddy was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 and it went into his liver and throughout his body. It was very aggressive and moved quickly. The doctors told him he had a year to live and he passed away just three years later. Eddy was a strong, brave man.
He never complained or gave up hope. He fought until the very end and stayed strong for me and our children. He knew he was going to die when he was first diagnosed but he didn’t realize how quick it would take him.
Many people have asked me how I feel about Eddy breaking the pull up world record one day then cancer taking him just a few years later. All I can say is it was his time. Eddy was a fighter and he fought the cancer as best he could. He had a good life and I know he is in a better place now.
I often think of him and smile when I see interviews of him online or on tv. Eddy will always be my first love and will live on forever in here [taps her chest] and in the hearts of our children. He will always be the world’s strongest man.
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN IN POP CULTURE
Eddie has inspired many people throughout the world. Here are a few of his fans.
Eddie is remembered fondly by many strongmen that admired him. Here are their stories.
Zydrunas “Big Z” Savickas
Eddie passed away in 2016 and I was so sad to hear the news. It was like a brother to me. We were never able to meet each other, but we would talk at contests and he would always make me laugh. I will always remember the laughs we shared together.
I will always love you, Eddie. You will always be the World’s Strongest Man in my heart.
I didn’t know Eddy personally but I always loved watching him break world records. He was a true inspiration to all who loved strongmen and strongwomen. He will always be the world’s strongest man in my heart. R.I.P Eddy
Eddy was the most amazing strongman I have ever known. He had a heart of gold and was loved by everyone in the strongman community. Eddy inspired all of us to push ourselves harder in life and in our sports.
Eddy you will always be the World’s Strongest Man in my heart.
Wahib “The Shredder” Kader
No one has inspired me more than Eddy. Without him, I wouldn’t be the strongman I am today. He will always be the World’s Strongest Man in my heart.
Alfred “Great Equalizer” Montoya
Everyone has heard of Ed “The Legend” McGuckian and Ed “The Sheriff” nearly as famous as those two but nobody has ever heard of the man that inspired them to greatness. Eddy was a giant among men and a hero to all. When I go to the Olympics in 2020, I will be lifting for you, Eddy. You will always the World’s Strongest Man in my heart.
I want to share a poem that a fan of Ed wrote. It was read at his memorial.
Ed, I remember you well,
Your feats on the field well never be matched.
You were the world’s strongest man,
When it came to lifting insane weights.
I’ll never forget that day,
When you broke the world record by a mile.
You lifted up a car with only two guys in it.
You were such a gentle man.
You’ll always be the world’s strongest man in my heart.
Eddy died of cancer on August 28, 2016. He was 54 years old.
Rest in peace, Eddy. You will always be the world’s strongest man in our hearts.
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