Meet Thomas Evans, the ex-football star who retired from the NFL to chase a strongman’s dream of deadlifting 855 pounds this year

THOMAS Evans used to move NFL linemen on the field, and now he aspires to be one of the strongest men in the world.

Evans, 28, is a former footballer-turned-strongman-turned-strongman with lofty goals to achieve.

Thomas Evans won the 2022 World's Top Amateur Strongman title


Thomas Evans won the 2022 World’s Top Amateur Strongman titleCredit: Instagram/tomevansstrongman
Evans played football for the Richmond Spiders and professionally for the Green Bay Packers


Evans played football for the Richmond Spiders and professionally for the Green Bay PackersCredit: Instagram/tomevansstrongman

He was a standout football player for the University of Richmond before going undrafted in 2017 and signing with the Green Bay Packers for a season.

After retiring from football, the 28-year-old began training for professional weightlifting, citing rust as one reason.

He told in an interview about the transition and the similarities:

“I’ve always loved lifting weights and it was a big part of how I played football. There’s more kidnappings than people would believe,” Evans said.

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“You train as hard as you can for a goal; it doesn’t matter if you’re part of the team or an individual athlete.”

“It’s pretty important in both sports to look at the athlete as a whole and make sure you’re touching all of your fundamentals in your training.”

He also mentioned a Netflix show that was coming out right around the time he decided to retire from football, which fueled his passion for becoming a strongman.

“Born Strong came out on Netflix around the time I was done with football. I looked at that a few times and said hey why can’t I do that?” he noted.

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“When I saw this show, I thought I can be there one day. That day is coming.”

That day actually came.

In 2022, Evans competed in the Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships and was named World’s Top Amateur Strongman.

He currently works as a strength coach at the University of Delaware while training to become the strongest man alive – something he hopes to achieve in the years to come.

“There’s potential to get there faster, but there’s no give-me. You must fight, claw and claw to seize every opportunity that presents itself to you.”

Evan competed in the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic and placed fifth and had an incredible 855-pound deadlift.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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