The upcoming draft class of college kids are out to prove something. Who's the big macho man that can lift the heaviest and the most? Sometimes, they try too damn hard and hurt themselves.
Such is the case at this weekend's NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson suffered a potentially serious injury while bench pressing. His agent told USA Today that he might have suffered a torn pectoral muscle. That's not good news for a player looking to show all he's got with the draft right around the corner. He wasn't projected to go early, but now his chances of even being drafted are in jeopardy.
USC center Khaled Holmes also had a pectoral muscle issue, but it looks to be only a strain. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that Holmes isn’t sure if he’ll be able to do the on-field work on Saturday.
It does look like these kids are really pushing too hard to impress, and there was also rumblings that the man in charge of the bench press last year, Cardinals strength coach John Lott, who shouts at players to push them further, put some players in harm's way.