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The Legend of Big Rich

Richard Williams, a former lineman who turned his back on football's millions, may have the strongest hands in the world

Updated: April 10, 2011, 4:34 PM ET
By Allison Glock | ESPN The Magazine

SIZE DOESN'T MATTER. That's one of the first things the strongmen tell you, even though most of them are large enough to have their size infiltrate their names. Like "Big Rich" Williams, 6'3", 410 pounds, the man with the marvelous hands. The hands themselves are average looking. Not the sort of things you'd note from afar, as you would, say, J-Lo's backside or Drew Gooden's beard. And, yet, despite their ordinary appearance, Williams' hands are the strongest in the world. Perhaps the ...

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