As a test of strength, players would throw a football at the speakers suspended high above the field at McMahon Stadium, in Calgary. The precise measurements were never known, but they might as well have been throwing at a mountaintop. Success was rare.
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Michael Bishop, who once spent time ahead of Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ depth chart, was playing for the Toronto Argonauts. Bishop had massive hands, thick and meaty palms, and arm strength that many suspected was of extraterrestrial origin.
He hit the speakers.
“Michael’s arm strength is comparable to very few who have ever played the game,” long-time Canadian Football League executive Eric Tillman told a reporter a few years ago. “John Elway and Brett Favre, in their prime, are the only two who come to mind.”
Only Bishop, even with all…
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