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Colts once had interest in signing ‘Game of Thrones’ giant Hafthor Bjornsson

Hafthor Bjornsson

Did you watch “Game of Thrones” Sunday and notice a new character named Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane? If you took one look at him and thought that massive being could easily play in the NFL, you’re not alone.

The actor who plays “The Mountain” on the popular HBO show is a champion weightlifter from Iceland named Hafthor Bjornsson. Bjornsson finished third in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014. For some reason this string bean hasn’t been able to finish first — pathetic, right?

After Bjornsson appeared on the show Sunday, a few sports sites reminded us that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talked last year about the possibility of signing the massive man.

Yes, Bjornsson checks in at a ridiculous 6-foot-9 and 419 pounds.

What’s that? You want more stats? How’s this:

Bjornsson’s highest weightlifting marks include:

Squat – 350 kg (794 lbs.) raw
Bench press – 230 kg (507 lbs.) raw
Strongman Deadlift – 420 kg (924 lbs.) raw with wrist straps
Loglift – 192.5 kg (424 lbs.)

Not bad. Frankly, I was expecting about 600 on the bench and at least 800 on the squat, but we’ll give him a pass. I’m not sure why things didn’t work out with the Colts, but I have to imagine the league’s PED policy might have presented a challenge.



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  • Arsen Dadyan

    He will never be better than Magnus Ver Magnussen!!!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Truth. Magnus was zeeeeee best!

  • jamime hoot

    This has been tried before. Bill Kazmier “The Worlds Strongest Man” tried out for the Packers as a lineman. He made it to the final cut but dropped because of a lack of speed.

  • Mel McKeague

    The character isn’t new. The actor playing the character is.

  • kenhowes

    holy smoke–the guy is absolutely ripped, and weighs 419 pounds!

  • C-Red

    He is a lean 419 on top of it. But how fast can he run. You need speed for the NFL. Minimum 5-5.2 in the 40 for an offensive lineman. He would of made an awesome Jaugernaut in X-Men or the Kingpic, hell he needs to get in one of the Marvel movies.

  • bonkerslite

    You remember him, too? Hands down the best Lift Really Heavy Stuff name ever!

  • Jon Doe

    couldnt round up to 420 could you, Mr. Jim Irsay? 419 it is, take that NFL Commissioner