As a former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion in 2017, there’s little doubt that Eddie Corridor possesses the requisite energy and energy wanted to thrive as an American soccer participant. The strongman legend not too long ago determined to place a few of his different expertise to the take a look at in a direct software.
On Oct. 23, 2022, Corridor posted a video to his YouTube channel the place he tried a number of drills featured within the Nationwide Soccer League’s (NFL) annual Scouting Mix that take a look at the athletic aptitude of incoming rookie gamers. Going just a little bit out of his consolation zone appeared enjoyable for Corridor to check out his total athletic skills in an unfamiliar setting.
To make sure he would conduct each drill appropriately, Corridor had former long-time NFL veteran Jack Crawford and rugby/former NFL participant Christian Scotland-Williamson readily available to assist. The combine-style exercise passed off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, UK. (Be aware: The stadium is among the few venues wherein the NFL generally performs common season video games, with one other notable location being Wembley Stadium, additionally in London.)
After sustaining that he “can’t catch, can’t throw, and may’t run” however can in all probability “mow individuals down,” Corridor padded himself in gear and started working.
The primary drill noticed Corridor take a look at his agility within the 20-yard shuttle to see how he modified path. The drill has an athlete begin in between a 10-yard margin. Whereas pivoting, they run 5 yards to every facet earlier than a closing 10-yard dash. Corridor notched a time of 5.15 seconds. For somebody of his 300-plus-pound dimension, such a time compares to NFL offensive linemen. For instance, Houston Texans offensive guard and 2022 NFL draft choice Kenyon Inexperienced accomplished his official shuttle run in 5.12 seconds, per the NFL database.
Corridor adopted the shuttle run with the broad leap — the place the athlete checks their forward-leaping means. Corridor managed to notch a distance of 6.5 toes (or 78 inches). This in contrast much less favorably to NFL offensive linemen, as somebody just like the Los Angeles Chargers’ Zion Johnson broad-jumped 9.3 toes (or 112 inches) in March 2022’s version of the particular Mix, in response to Professional Soccer Reference. (Be aware: Corridor accomplished his broad leap in shoulder pads and protecting knee put on, probably limiting his mobility. Whereas NFL athletes full their checks in shorts and shirts.)
Corridor lastly tried his hand on the famed 40-yard sprint to shut this quick mock NFL mix. A easy ask, all he needed to do was run 40 yards in a straight line as quick as potential. He completed with a time of 5.73 seconds. Contemplating his lack of expertise, that point is likely to be stable. Although, once more, mobility points apart, that point doesn’t evaluate properly with younger skilled offensive linemen, as somebody like Johnson had a 40-yard sprint of 5.18 seconds. On this drill, greater than half a second is a big distinction.
With this Mix mock-up within the rearview mirror, Corridor is getting ready for his strongman comeback. After retirement in 2017, he’ll return as captain of Staff UK on the 2022 Giants Dwell World Nation on Nov. 26, 2022, on the M&S Financial institution Area in Liverpool, England. Corridor might need been a profitable American soccer participant in a special world.
On this actuality, strongman is his calling, and it needs to be fascinating to see how he fares in what’s going to possible be a highly-anticipated return.
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