The NFL’s fittest man is not a quarterback, or a wideout, or a cornerback, or a defensive end. The NFL’s fittest man is a punter.

So says Muscle and Fitness magazine, which also describes New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford as “the most ripped man in all of football” in a subhed.

I mean, it’s hard to argue with the photographic evidence.

The accolade is especially newsworthy when you consider that people who kick things in the NFL sometimes look like this:


(Associated Press)

Here’s Muscle and Fitness with Weatherford’s tale of the tape:

At 6’2″ and 230 pounds, with meticulously shaped symmetrical muscle and a scant 5% body fat, he is a perfect example of an overused term: a freak. Judging by the standards of the IFBB’s physique division, no one in the NFL is fitter than Weatherford—in fact, no one’s even close. …

Weatherford doesn’t just look the part, either. He has hit a 308-pound power clean for two reps; a 420 back squat for five; a 315 bench for six, and a 475 deadlift for five.

The story’s author accompanied Weatherford for a “light recovery day” of workouts in June, which involves “heavy sets of dumbbell rows, Arnold presses, and concentration curls.” The story also recounts how Weatherford went to prom with a high school girl who asked him over Twitter, and how Weatherford’s Project Prom charity got prom supplies for 20 area kids affected by Superstorm Sandy.

So he more or less seems like the NFL’s nicest guy, too. Great. Thanks for ruining it for us fat, only-sometimes-nice guys.