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Kamerion Wimbley falls just short on American Ninja Warrior

Kamerion Wimbley

Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley warms up during NFL football practice at the team’s training facility on Friday, June 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wimbley, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, was signed as a free agent in March. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley fell just short in his quest to advance to the finals of American Ninja Warrior.

Wimbley completed the obstacle course on the reality show, which is itself quite an accomplishment, but his time was good enough only for 16th place in a competition in which the first 15 finishers advance.

At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Wimbley may be the largest person ever to complete the American Ninja Warrior course. The course includes climbing and hanging and is usually completed by men who weigh about 100 pounds less than Wimbley. To complete the course, Wimbley has to have outstanding upper body strength, and especially impressive grip strength. There are probably a lot of NFL running backs, receivers and defensive backs who could complete this course, but Wimbley may be the only lineman who could do it.

Still, Wimbley didn’t do it fast enough. And so he can turn his attention away from obstacle courses, and back to football.