Lots of high school football players are strong, but few are as strong as Holy Cross High School (San Antonio, Texas) center Joe Pena. The senior lineman recently broke his own state record by squatting over half a ton.
Pena is huge, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 310 pounds, and he definitely stands out on a football field. But since the season ended, Pena has been standing out in the weight room. At a Texas High School Powerlifting Association meet on Saturday, the All-State lineman squatted 1,005 pounds with a squatting suit and lifting belt.
The lift broke his personal best by 75 pounds, but breaking records isn't new to Pena. In 2016, he set the junior and sub-junior world record with an 805-pound raw Squat. According to collegepromotersusa.com, Pena holds four American and World records in USAPL competition. He can also bench 485 pounds.
Pena is beast on the field as well as in the gym. He was awarded the 2017 SA All-Star Game selectee, 1st Team All-Area and 3-Time All-State honors.Watch him pancake several defensive tackles in his senior highlight video below.
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