ANDREW OYE'S NFL + IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: OLYMPIANS LENDA MURRAY, PHIL HEATH, JAY CUTLER, QUARTERBACK JOHNNY MANZIEL, CROSSFIT CHAMP RICH FRONING
By Admin | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:49:31 PM America/New_York
The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes of other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes football stars, CrossFit champs, volleyball gold medalists, Olympia contenders and Sandow winners.
The "So What?": Over the weekend, honored guest 8-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Lenda Murray received the Ben Weider Lifetime Achievement Award at the IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships (won by Open Division IFBB Pro Victor Martinez and 212 Division IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi), where Yamagishi was presented with the 212 Division Best Poser Award; IFBB Pro Franklin Roberson received the Open Division Best Poser Award; IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo emceed the contest; and IFBB Pro Dennis James and 2014 Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis were spotted in the crowd. Three-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath made an appearance at 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler's NPC Jay Cutler Wyoming Classic Bodybuilding Championships.
Speaking of Olympia contenders, as the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series winds down, Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia Championships on September 18-21 in Las Vegas. While IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, and IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo prep for the stage, a usual contender will watch the action from a seat among the audience. IFBB Pro Toney Freeman recently posted: "After 8 Mr. O and 69 pro shows, I will humbly enjoy this 50th as a spectator. 2015 I'll be back!"
Andrew Oye's Verdict: I've been on a sports whirlwind, covering everything from the World Series of Beach Volleyball, won by Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, to the CrossFit Games, won by 4-time "Fittest Man on Earth" Rich Froning. In more pro-sports news, gridiron athletes meet iron-gripping athletes. NFL Pro Football Quarterback Johnny Manziel (a.k.a. "Johnny Football") -- Heisman Trophy winner, NCAA Division I and SEC record breaker, and NFL first-round draft pick -- signed an endorsement contract with a sports nutrition company (the same company that I recently reported signed top PGA Pro Golfer Tiger Woods), joining a roster that includes NFL Safety LaRon Landry, Wide Receiver Eric Decker, Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA fighters. The company also markets the product line of legendary 7-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger -- founder of the Arnold Sports Festival and IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships.
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