Gilbert Brown's Wikipedia page.
I learned some pretty neat stuff about the Grave Digger that I hadn't been aware of before. For instance, his desire to get away from his hometown of Detroit, where one of his classmates had been killed in gang-related violence, prompted him to turn down Bo Schembechler and the Wolverines and instead play football for the Kansas Jayhawks. I also found out that, despite being a third-round draft selection, he was cut by the Vikings before his rookie season began due to weight issues. Oh, and apparently he always beat his brothers home from school (thank you, Wikipedia).
Yet I also stumbled upon something that just didn't seem to mesh with the Gilbert Brown that I had known and loved. Something that my Gilbert wouldn't, just couldn't do. Something that left me questioning what I knew about the theory of gravity.
Here's the deed in question, straight from Wikipedia.
Yeah....I'm sorry, but I just can't see that happening. I mean, I know Warren Sapp did ballet and all, but I just can't see someone as massive as Gilbert Brown competing at the Michigan state tournament in high jump. The primary concern would be that if he landed on the bar, he'd probably snap it in two. But wait, there's more!
Perhaps I accidentally had stumbled upon the wrong Gilbert Brown? Maybe I'd ended up on the Wiki page of a Gilbert Brown who's actually renowned for his jumping abilities?
Nope. This was definitely the page for the Gilbert Brown who had played at a weight of 340 and used to get a Double Whopper with extra cheese before every home game.
Well, I'm not sure what to believe. On the one hand, this feat simply seems impossible. On the other hand, it's on Wikipedia, so it has to be true. Never mind the fact that this tidbit was randomly inserted into the middle of the "College career" section, characteristic of something that's been done in jest.
I'll let you come to your own conclusions, but as for me, I believe.