Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Bench Press station at the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The on-field drills at the 2022 NFL Combine begin on Thursday, March 3. One of the events is the bench press, here is who holds the record.
The 2022 NFL Combine officially began on March 1, where prospects, coaches, general managers and scouts all convene at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. But Thursday, March 3, will be the first day of on-field drills at the Combine, which will begin with quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers. Of course, the 40-yard dash gets the most hype, but there are some who are interested in the bench press event.
Prospects who choose to participate in the bench press will show off how many repetitions they can do while pressing 225-pounds. This is used by teams to determine the player’s strength and stamina.
In terms of who holds the record for the bench press, we have you covered.
NFL Combine: What’s the bench press record?
The record for most reps done at the bench press at the NFL Combine is 49. That was set back in 2011 by Oregon State defensive lineman Stephen Paea. Take a look at his performance below, courtesy of FOX Sports NFL’s official Twitter account:
Paea was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He spent the first four years of his career with the Bears (2011-14), before having short stints with the now-Washington Commanders (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Dallas Cowboys (2017). Paea announces his retirement from the NFL during the 2017 season.
In his career (83 games), Paea recorded 129 combined tackles (24 for loss), 31 quarterback hits, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles.