A couple of days ago, we noted that CBS Sportsline's SPIN columnist Clay Travis had dug up a claim that Pat Robertson had leg-pressed 2,000 pounds. (Unlike what we wrote then, the Florida state leg-press record is 1,335, not 665; we had that wrong. Sorry.) This was, of course, ridiculous, right? That crazy Pat Robertson, making a silly claim like that. Surely, when the lunacy of the claim was pointed out, they'd recognize how silly it sounded, right? Right?
Oh, you're not going to believe this. Travis received an email from Robertson's spokesperson claiming that his boss really can pull off the feat ... and more!
"Pat Robertson worked out at the gym on an incline leg press machine with weights up to 570 pounds. Working with his physician, who was an amazing strength trainer, he worked up to 800 pounds, then 1,000 pounds. Then one day he was able to leg press 1,500 pounds one time. Then over the succeeding months, he trained with multiple reps of 1,200 pounds, 1,300 pounds, and 1,400 pounds.
"One Saturday morning, his physician said, 'I'll get you bragging rights. Let¹s go to 2,000 pounds.' Then he worked up multiple reps of 1,400 pounds, 1,500 pounds, 1,600 pounds, 1,700 pounds, 1,800 pounds and 1,900 pounds. When 2,000 pounds was put on the machine two men got on either side and helped push the load up, and then let it down on Mr. Robertson, who pushed it up one rep and let it go back down again.
We would say that this is all proof that Robertson is a superior human being and, in fact, a natural evolution in the species ... but I doubt he'd take the evolution thing as a compliment.
(UPDATE: They've got video of Pat leg-pressing at SPIN right now.)