Behind The Green & Gold: Billings Strong As A Bear

WACO (April 10, 2014) Having superior strength has always come natural to Andrew Billings. He first realized it when he was in 5th grade.

"We were fooling around at the Y, and we put some machine on a hundred," said former Waco high standout and current Baylor defensive lineman. "Everybody else was struggling with it and I started rep'n it."

His senior year at Waco High, Billings made history at the state powerlifting meet breaking a 22 year-old record held by former Olympian and current WWE Superstar Mark Henry.

"It let people know I was that guy again, 22 years ago, a lot of people had forgot," said Henry who set the record in 1990 while attending Silsbee high school. "I'm very proud of the fact I set a standard for people to aspire to."

Already committed to Baylor to play football, Billings had his eye on strength records there.

"I had my sights on the freshman squat record, and we were squatting, but coach stopped me at 600 so I didn't get to break that," said Billings.

"Once he beat Mark Henry's record, what I did is I wouldn't let him beat the record in here because I told him there's some things in here I want him to do a better job at," said Baylor Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance Kaz Kazadi.

Kazadi has tailored Billing's training to make him a better football player and not necessarily increase his strength.

"What will help him play the game better because if you keep chasing this number, you're lessening the value of playing the game at a high level," said Kazadi.

Focused on football, Billings still would like a shot at some of the weight room records while at Baylor.

"I still want the records, so, I guess stealing the records, said Billings." "Really, just to get as strong as possible."

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