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Video: Jordan Burroughs rips phone book in half

Jordan Burroughs

Jordan Burroughs of the U.S. reacts to a three point move against Russia’s Rasul Dzhukaev (not pictured) during the Rumble on the Rails wrestling event held inside Grand Central Terminal in New York May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT WRESTLING)


U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs has quite the résumé building -- two-time NCAA champion, world champion and 2012 Olympic champion.

He can also tout “the ability to rip a phone book in half” in the special skills department.

Burroughs needed all of eight seconds to accomplish the feat in a YouTube video posted Tuesday.

Burroughs better be careful, though. Former MLB knuckleballer Steve Sparks once dislocated his shoulder attempting to tear a phone book in half. It’s likely he had a bit harder time than Burroughs did, though.

This comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement that Burroughs won the 2012 John Smith Award given by USA Wrestling to its freestyler wrestler of the year for the second straight year.

Joe Williams (2001-02) and Cael Sanderson (2003-04) are the only other men to win it twice. The John Smith Award has been handed out every since 1992.

But back to phone books. Is it more impressive than two years ago, when Burroughs ripped a thinner Colorado Springs, Colo., phone book in half in about four seconds inside a U.S. Olympic Training Center dorm?