Strongest Player in the AFL - Pound for Pound

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A couple of days ago Jack Viney, who stands at 178cm/86kg, bench pressed 155 kilos. It got me wondering whether he's the strongest player in the AFL from a power to weight ratio.

Fraser Gehrig holds the record at the Saints with a press of 172.5kg, while it was reported a couple of years ago that Stefan Martin was king at Brisbane with a bench press of 150kg.

I'd embed the video here if I had more technical expertise, but below is the link of Viney's press. It's the second video down. Note: this shows a 150kg bench press, but he exceeded that not long after with 155.

https://20four.com.au/athletes/jack-viney/104

Of course, bench pressing isn't the only measure of someone's strength, but it's one of the most recognisable ways of evaluating power.
 
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A couple of days ago Jack Viney, who stands at 178cm/86kg, bench pressed 155 kilos. It got me wondering whether he's the strongest player in the AFL from a power to weight ratio.

Fraser Gehrig holds the record at the Saints with a press of 172.5kg, while it was reported a couple of years ago that Stefan Martin was king at Brisbane with a bench press of !50kg.

I'd embed the video here if I had more technical expertise, but below is the link of Viney's press. It's the second video down. Note: this shows a 150kg bench press, but he exceeded that not long after with 155.

https://20four.com.au/athletes/jack-viney/104

Of course, bench pressing isn't the only measure of someone's strength, but it's one of the most recognisable ways of evaluating power.
F me

I would have thought 125-135kgs would be about what someone with those stats could lift. That's impressive!
 

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Doing 70% over your bodyweight in bench is very impressive. Yeah Gehrig could lift more but he also weighed 30kg heavier
 

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Ignoring the bench press type stats and just thinking of who uses their strength effectively on field.

Small guys: Tippa
Med height (slight build): Rioli, Ablett
Med height (stronger build): Martin/Fyfe/Dangerfield
Taller guys: Franklin/Hawkins/McGovern/Rance
Rucks: Gawn/Sandilands

I'm sure there's plenty of others but these were the ones that first came to mind.
 

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I've seen Ted Richards lift, he was pretty strong. Squatted about 140 with great form for 5 reps. Benched 120 for 8 reps. You do the maths on his 1RM.
 

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I think Buckley used to do mid 150s but the only source I can find was BigFooty.

And I think Dane Swan was our strongest player for a while. Not sure what his actual number was though
 

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