Could a Sumo Wrestler be an NFL Lineman?

Could a Sumo Wrestler be an NFL Lineman?


Ninh explains, Could a Sumo Wrestler be an
NFL Lineman? Sumo wrestlers. The gigantic beasts whose
sole day job is to push another gigantic beast out of the ring or onto the floor. They have
the size, strength and skill to push almost anybody around. But would they make good linemen
in the sport of American football – a position where you also need to push people around,
like … a lot? It kinda worked in the film ‘the Replacements’,
where the fictional ‘Washington Sentinels’ hire a sumo wrestler with an egg fetish, as
an offensive lineman. But would it actually work in real life?
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Wait, they’re just fat slobs right? Far from it. Sumo wrestlers are seriously
hardcore athletes with seriously hardcore muscle. They train for hours on end, eat the
same amount of calories as an army platoon, drink enough beer to keep even the crappiest
breweries in business, sleep for a little bit and repeat ad infinitum. Their training
consists of lots of power exercises designed to be explosive and move as much weight as
possible whilst having as much weight as possible. But a sumo wrestler has to not only be strong,
but quick. They work on speed not just in the legs, but the arms as well. As they’ll
need those hands to parry the arms of his opponent. Having a 100 hand slap definitely
helps. Given that they weigh up to 600lbs, they also
have to have excellent balance, as not falling over or being pushed around is kinda the name
of their game. They have to be tough, as they pretty much
just push, hit and slam each other all day every day … without padding.
Don’t underestimate their ability to train as they’re pretty used to doing this on
a daily basis. To prove this, let’s put a sumo wrestler
up against New England Patriots star Tom Brady. Let’s see what happens.
This is Tom Brady, Tom Freakin’ Brady – the greatest QB of our generation and he can barely
move a middle class wrestler 6 inches. How do you think he’d do against the current
Yokozuna Hakuho? Probably not very well. The raw elements of a sumo wrestler are all
desirable qualities of an NFL lineman, so on paper, they’d actually do pretty well,
right? Well … no!
For all the qualities of a sumo wrestler, you need infinitely more to play American
Football. Raw power and bulk aside, sumo wrestlers lack
a few important ingredients, but the main one is lateral mobility.
In sumo, they rarely move sideways – which is a big problem if you’re trying to cover
somebody like JJ Watt, who can teleport 6 feet to the right before zipping past you
to hurt the QB you’re trying to defend. Sumo wrestlers also lack the finesse, skill
and technique required to be an effective. Even the biggest lineman have dancer like
quickness in their feet. Check out Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys and you’ll see what
I mean. Sumo is a sport heavily restricted by rules
and etiquette … none of which apply in American Football.
But there is one position a sumo wrestler could do quite well in – a defensive nose
tackle. The nose is the toughest job on the D Line as you have to tie up two offensive
lineman and essentially not be moved – which is kinda the bread-and-butter skill of a sumo
wrestler. But even then, the question of whether they
can do this for an entire game, as opposed to wrestling for a couple of seconds is debatable.
Oh, and in American Football, you actually have to run. Something which sumo wrestlers
do precisely 0% of the time. Mainly because they can’t, but also because it’s just
hilarious if they try. This is a stupid video man, no-one has ever
tried this. Well actually, they have.
Wakanohana, the 66th Yokozuna, tried to play American Football after he retired from sumo,
with the intention of making an NFL roster in 2002.
And on paper, he had all the necessary traits. Big, strong, good hands, explosive power in
the legs, immovable object and heavier than most of the linemen you’ll likely come across.
To prepare for the switch, he had to lose a lot of fat, replace that with muscle and
do aerobic style football drills every day. He could bench press and lift similar numbers
to his NFL counterparts so in theory, this seemed like a pretty good switch.
He actually signed a contract with the Arizona Rattlers, but sadly his career is a short
one. Even with all the weight training, aerobic
training and football coaching, his skillset was infinitely more limited than people realised.
As well as the lack of lateral mobility, he quickly found out that playing for 60 minutes
is infinitely harder than wrestling for 2. Combine that with age, previous injuries and
the fact that he’d never played American Football in his life at the age of 31. His
career failed before it ever even started. There’s another reason why sumo wrestlers
don’t instantly become linemen – because that’s not what they dedicate their lives
for. Every sumo wrestler’s goal is to reach the
rank of Yokozuna – which would grant you god-like status in Japan and the eternal adoration
of the people. To be in the prime of your career and then to suddenly quit to play a
western sport wouldn’t go down well with the Japanese public or members of your own
family. So whilst it’s a fanciful idea that these
Asian hulks could do well in American Football, in reality, the skillset of a sumo wrestler
is vastly different to that of a lineman. As always, be sure to like share and subscribe
to my channel. And if you like this sort of video, or want
to give your two cents let me know by adding a comment below.
K Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyU

100 thoughts on “Could a Sumo Wrestler be an NFL Lineman?

  1. EDIT 2: A lot of people are bitching about Tom Brady being used as an example given that he's a QB. This was one of the few cases where an American Football player actually went up against a sumo wrestler. If I had video footage of a lineman against a sumo, do you not think I would have used that instead? (I'll give you a clue – that footage doesn't exist). I cannot make bricks without clay.

    EDIT 1: A lot of people are shitting on this video because of the Colin Kaepernick graphic. For the record: I don't disagree with what Kaepernick is protesting about, just the method he used to bring it to public attention. People are entitled to their own opinions and you should be more tolerant about other people's viewpoints instead of sending them uneducated hate mail.
    Add your comments in the comment section and as always, please be respectful.

  2. Tom Brady hahahaha, well if they can beat the skinny, unathletic QUARTERBACK then I guess they can make it as o linemen in the nfl, they totally look like they can run farther than 10 yards downfield over and over again without getting winded too. What a joke. Leave it to a brit to think he knows the difference between Tom Brady and an nfl linemen.

  3. Why would they use a quarterback to wrestle a Sumo? It's not consistent with the title of the video. They should have tried it with an NFL Lineman.

  4. USA and Japan might consider to officially switch their traditional sports for real.
    considering population of obese people in USA (35% in 2018 and 12th in the world while Japan is the least obese country in the world)
    And the numbers of trophy Japan gets for American Football World cup (2x 1st place, 2x 2nd place, and 1x 3rd place from total 5 IFAF World Cup. it means Japan always took podium for whenever IFAF world cup is being held) while USA only gets 3x 1st place that's it

  5. heres a thing, being asumo wrestler as a lineman might and i say might work once or a few times near the beggining of a game, but being large and able to move equally massive men is exhausting and which after i say one series a sumo wrestler would be so exhausted he would be defeated every play afterwards, there are reasons NFL doesnt have lineman looking like sumo wrestlers, they just aren't effective

  6. oooft, you’re getting a lot of heat for the kaepernick insert. 😂 seems some think that youtube is only available in the usa and that everyone knows the story behind him. tbh until a year ago i didn’t know who he was as i’m from 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. it’s also funny that folk think sports isn’t political….. 😳 lol just head to europe and you see it’s always political. take the two most known football teams here in scotland. if you seriously think politics plays no part in the sport you’d be called an idiot for even suggesting it. the orange house sitter in america has made it political. get over it snowflakes! if that few seconds in what is a fun video is all you take from it then get a bloody life ffs. there’s people that don’t know who that guy is and couldn’t care less.

    good video, shame that some have reacted as they did.

  7. Playing for 60 minutes is infinitely harder than wrestling for 2 is a bullshit comment! having played 90 minute soccer games and 5 or 10 minute sparring in a couple fighting sports they are a different skillset. You don't compare a sprinter vs a distance runner. No one gives a shit how fast Usain Bolt runs a marathon, and I don't see many distance runners in the Olympics doing sprinting events

  8. In American football you dont go at it for 60 minutes straight. Defense and offense both rest while the other is in the field.

  9. You could probably use a sumo wrestler as a weak-side offensive tackle for 3rd and long packages, but not for every snap.

  10. using the example of tom brady is kinda bs. tom brady as you said is a qb. he throws the ball. if you were to put an actual lineman in there the result would most likely be very different.

  11. I was literally thinking about this the other day, haven’t watched this yet, but my guess is yes, a sumo could be an ol

  12. Take the same guys that excel in Sumo and put them through the standard American football high school/college/professional training regime, and you'd definitely find some keeper linemen. As Sumo wrestlers, however, they don't train the same skillsets, and their physical preparation and body type would set them back against their leaner peers with better cardio and endurance.

    They'd probably do fine on special teams for punt / kick blocking, but they'd get wore the hell out by your typical defensive linemen / linebacker combo over time.

    Thanks for the upload, regardless.

  13. first of all u got a QB to try to move this guy…. and second of all, sumo wrestlers wouldn't be playing 0-line… they'd be on the d-line (preferably DT). I wanna see an nfl team give one of those guys a try

  14. I think a sumo wrestler would make for a damn good run blocker. Someone who just goes forward and cleans people out. Just don’t ask them to run a guard pull, lol.

  15. I got me wondering how would an NFL player fair making a switch to Sumo. A sport with ABSOLUTELY NO PADDING upon impact. Do football players have that warrior spirit to enter a real contact sport?

  16. > crying about Kaepernick out of nowhere

    Welp, that was an effective way to quickly ruin the video with a single still image.

  17. The Armor to the Face gonna Make Sumo hurt a lot with shoulder Strike lol

  18. Good video. I agree 100%, though I think if a younger wrestler (decent amount of training, but not far into the career) were to switch it would be easier, and I think that NFL players could benefit heavily from some of the sumo regime. On paper, like you said, they're perfect, but they have flaws…but if you can combine some of what they do, reaping the benefits of their training, without limiting the skill set, it would be quite effective IMO. I think a sumo wrestler has some potential as a lineman, but once they get too far along and the training and rituals are ingrained, that potential drops off hard.

  19. One try is irrelevant. A Sumo wrestler will make a roster one day. As the video points out, adjustment will be key. Conversely, can an American footballer ever have a successful Sumo career? Reach Ozeki, or Yokozuna? It will require adjustment.

  20. My dream? Halfthor and Hakuho 200kg strongman, Give him 6 months of sumo training and pop him in the ring! LOVE TO SEE IT!

  21. The skills set that sumo wrestlers have couldn't be beneficial through an entire game. But you'd bring them in on big plays. All the negative aspects of these wrestlers could be trained out of them & compensated for. And I also believe that cross training between the Sumo & the NFL could be beneficial to both organizations.

  22. That's a 380 pound dude sprinting on a track without shoes. Sprinting terribly. Do you know how much strength it takes to sprint terribly without shoes? Take away the shoes and no NFL player can compete. Of course no Sumo could play in the NFL

  23. it's always great to see someone from another country show appreciation for our sport that we mostly keep to ourselves

  24. Experts at hand battling, extremely solid base, extreme get off from the ball, low center of gravity, tough as hell because of no padding, their only problem would be stamina. Why would you not put a sumo in on a run block or as the nose tackle?

  25. Is this a joke? NFL lineman are in waaaaay better shape than these dudes. NFL lineman weigh just as much but they don’t look nearly that fat. And they treat their bodies like temples, not get all their calories from rice and beer. Tom Brady in this for real though? Lol he’s the best QB of all time but he’s also the most in-athletic guy in the NFL. Aaron Donald only weighs like 275 and I bet he’d make the best sumo wrestler in history. I’d pay to see sumo wrestlers trying to run up and down the field without getting winded or injured.

  26. Everyone has the right to an opinion and everyone has the right to express it. Reading through the comments, You seem to be annoyed that people are reacting negatively to you shot at Colin Kaepernick. I am not sure what you expected though. I don't know why it was added to begin with. it added nothing to the video other then pissing people off.

  27. Imagine there was a whole team of sumo wrestlers all string like these onrs and they can run watch out that cause damage..they ttain hours and hours but ur saying not one can run a whole game thats funny Im an athlete and played football and basketball so those sports wher you run in 350 but lost some weight now amd when i was 350 in basketball I put up 12 baskets a game and was fast and ran a whole game whuch was 35 to 40 minutes amd I wad usually in most the time

  28. That sumo guys running is just a joke, have you ever seen Asashoryu running? He was one of the biggest Yokozunas and he is fast, much faster in a sprint than any Lineman of his size. Now it's much harder to find videos, probably because of copyright claims but there are still a few videos out there I'm sure.

  29. Like 1 sumo eats the amount of 1 army platoon? Holy crap.
    EDIT: to be fair to Tom, he doesn’t push anything, he throws stuff, not to mention he didn’t do great at the combine soooo.

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