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Athletes Who Might Be Weaker Than You

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2014

Athletes Who Might Be Weaker Than You

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    Mark Zaleski/Associated Press

    This one's for all you gym rats and meatheads out there—I know just how much you like showing off how swole (buff) you are.

    While most of us wonder if our arms are scrawny or not, pro athletes are paid to make sure they're in tip-top shape.

    Unfortunately, that's not always the case, as a few of them aren't blessed with bursting muscles that help them bull over the competition.

    That's why I'm giving you athletes who might want to take some gym advice in order to get cut up, because they appear to be weaker than you and me.

Tyson Chandler

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    Matt Slocum/Associated Press

    One would not tend to call New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler weak, considering he's over seven feet tall.

    That wasn't the case last summer, though, when the dude was seen showing off some seriously thin legs in a picture.

    Sure, it was probably just a weird illusion, but it might be time for Chandler to get after the weights to build up his legs.

Peter Crouch

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    While I admired the dancing skills of Peter Crouch when he was doing the robot dance in celebration, the lanky English soccer player doesn't have the most toned physique.

    That's not to say he isn't intimidating—the dude is 6'7"—but he won't be mistaken for anyone's weightlifting partner anytime soon.

Tayshaun Prince

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    When you first look at Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince in his basketball uniform, there's no way you'd assume he was a professional athlete.

    With arms as thin as a high schooler's, Prince might not have the strength of some of the guys he's often asked to defend, but that doesn't mean he's been a failure in the NBA.

    As long as his finger is strong enough to withstand the weight of his 2004 NBA title ring, he's good.

Chris Sale

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    A two-time All-Star selection, Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has proved to have some filthy stuff while out on the mound.

    Some may even consider him the best pitcher in the game right now.

    Still, even though he throws in the mid-90s and is intimidating to opposing batters thanks to his 6'6" frame, he only weighs 180 pounds, which makes him a little less strong than some may think.

Brandon Jennings

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    A former first-round pick and high school phenom, current Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings might be making bank for playing hoops, but he isn't ripped up.

    Weighing less than 170 pounds, he probably isn't someone his buddies call up to help them move.

Marqise Lee

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    He might be in the NFL now, but a few years ago while still playing college ball for the USC Trojans, wide receiver Marqise Lee showed he wasn't as strong as he might be these days.

    That's because he had a bit of an embarrassing moment when he couldn't lift the Biletnikoff Award, which was presented to him as the nation's best receiver in 2012.

    Lee better put on some muscle if he hopes to have a lengthy NFL career.

Sergio Ramos

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    I get it—holding a championship trophy can be difficult.

    With all the different things attached to some of them and a few of them even being solid pieces of gold, it can be hard for an athlete to hold a trophy for an extended period of time.

    That's what Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos found out a few years ago, as he dropped the Copa del Rey trophy from the top of the team's bus during a street celebration, crushing it.

DeSean Jackson

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    Evan Vucci/Associated Press

    New Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is one of the fastest, most elusive and most exciting players in the NFL—he's just not very strong.

    Weighing a measly 175 pounds, Jackson certainly burns up any field he steps onto, but he's not showing anyone up when it comes to pumping iron.

    Then again, he's not paid to be all that strong anyway.

Anthony Davis

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    Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

    The No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis might have put on some muscle weight over the past few years since coming into the league, but he's still not all that developed.

    While he would humiliate any of us on the hardwood, when it comes to lifting heavy things, we all honestly might have him beat.

Tuukka Rask

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    Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask might appear to be a big presence while standing between the pipes, but take all those pads off him and you're left with a guy who might be as wide as one of the posts.

    While he stands a towering 6'3", he actually only tips the scales at about 185 pounds. You'd surely be able to lift more than Rask in the weight room.

Charlie Whitehurst

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    Mark Zaleski/Associated Press

    One of my all-time favorite athletes if only for the Jesus look he rocks, Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst could have used help from above to save himself some Internet embarrassment.

    That's because, before admitting it was a hoax, Whitehurst originally said he lost an arm-wrestling match against the Titans' punter, costing ol' Charlie his usual No. 6 jersey and making fans believe his forearm strength could use some work.

Kevin Durant

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    Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    Sure, the guy is an absolute freak who moves like a gazelle even though he’s 6'9" and 215 pounds, but that doesn't mean Kevin Durant physically dominates other guys.

    Fans marvel at athletes like LeBron James and Adrian Peterson for their ridiculously chiseled physiques, yet the reigning NBA MVP gets things done just fine without all the muscle.

Most Marathon Runners

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    Steven Senne/Associated Press

    As someone who has done tons of half- and full marathons, I'll admit that, if it weren't for being blessed with broad shoulders, I'd look really dopey.

    That's not to say marathon runners like Ryan Hall or Meb Keflezighi who run sub-four-minute miles aren't strong—but hearing Hall admit that he focuses on only running and not lifting weights should show you that they care only about keeping their legs toned.

Sam Bennett

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    He might be touted as the top NHL prospect in this year's draft, but apparently Sam Bennett can't do something that most of us could do back in middle school—a simple pull-up.

    While having the ability to pull oneself above a bar isn't a skill needed to play hockey, it does make you wonder if this kid has enough strength in his arms to withstand an NHL season.

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