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USF Lineman's Deadlift Max? One Cadillac Seville

USF lineman Danous Estenor deadlifted a car off of a tow truck driver the other day, but let's ignore the obvious heroism of a stranger coming to the aid of a stranger by not only potentially saving their life, but also by lifting a 1990 Cadillac Seville like it was a racked barbell at the gym. That's the easy part for the reader, and we're not about easy. Let's figure out how much he actually lifted with the finest of internet math, and thus stretch the dusty numerical ligaments in your brain. (Come on: Danous Estenor lifted a car off a man. You can do a little math.) 

The weight of a Cadillac Seville is, as the article states, somewhere around 3,500 pounds. (We'll assume the driver didn't have a trunk full of bricks.) The wheelbase is 116 inches, and the length from the back axle to the bumper is purely guesstimated here at around three feet. The weight distribution here is important, too: the Seville has a 52/48 front rear weight distribution, so he's lifting the slightly lighter end of the car.

Using the formula found here and some admittedly rough estimates, Estenor lifted somewhere around 1,000 pounds off the ground. How freakish is this if he did it by himself, even by this admittedly vague estimate? It would be very freakish: the world record without a "deadlift suit" is around that, and even with an offensive lineman's strength that is border-of-human-ability lift. Even if Estenor had the help of the three others lifting the car, the ability to pop in and heave up the car with an underhand grip with zero warmup is, by strength standards, completely bonkerpants. (Re: grip: Thank goodness for boxy American styling.)

In summary: witnesses report Estenor is a superhero, and science confirms.