The Strongest Hands in the World: Nine years ago, "Big Rich" Williams was an offensive lineman projected to be a third round NFL pick with an earning potential of millions. He quit the draft and instead pursued the low-dollar, low-attention strongman sport of grip and may have the strongest hand strength of all time. "Using one hand, the men must hoist a 163-pound anvil by the horn and walk. The first few contestants can't even loosen the weight from the ground, their palms slipping uselessly as if they were tugging at a tree root," reports ESPN the Magazine. "Now it is Williams' turn. He approaches the anvil, bends, wraps his right hand around the tip and lifts. He waddles the length of the stage, turns and waddles back. He does not rush. He carries the anvil like a lunch pail. He lets it slip at 60 feet, eight inches. That nearly doubles the world record -- the one he set last year."