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Springfield teen shatters world records in his brother's honor

Springfield teen shatters world records in his brother's honor (WKEF/WRGT)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A Springfield teen is once again turning heads as he smashes world records in power lifting.

The numbers are amazing, but the motivation behind his power shows his true strength.

TJ King weighs 165 pounds and can squat 475 pounds, but he carries more weight than the eye can see.

This past weekend, he competed nationally in powerlifting, breaking 3 world records for 18 and 19 year olds.

“You can see, kind of when I’m down toward the bottom I zone out,” he said, “and then I just forget everything.”

“Something else just takes over,” King continued.

In June 2015, TJ lost his brother Tyree while the who were training for football.

“He was like, ‘just set everything up’,” King said, “so I was like, ‘alright’.”

Tyree was struck by a drunk driver, and TJ still can picture it.

He’s catching the eye of college scouts, with at least 3 schools interested.

“They said I can play football out there,” he said, “and I can join the U.S. team.”

King will make his decision on the last National Signing Day, which is also Tyree’s birthday.

“I can see it being emotional, February 7,” he said.

King beat all 165-pound weight lifters at the national competition, taking home two trophies. His combined weight for dead lift, squat and bench press was a record-setting 1,235 pounds. For comparison, that’s more weight than a full grown polar bear.

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