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Terry Todd, PhD 2010 NFHOF Inductee

Born: December 31, 1937

Died: July 7, 2018

Hometown: Austin, Texas


Terry was an American powerlifter and Olympic weightlifter.  He was co-founder of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, co-editor of Iron Game History and and creator and event director of the Arnold Strongman Classic.  Todd has also held a career as a journalist on the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, as well as doing commentary for CBS, NBC, ESPN National Public Radio.

Todd began as a weightlifter in 1956, and won the Junior Nationals in Olympic weightlifting in 1963.  He then turned to Powerlifting, and won the first two national championships in 1964 and in 1965 (the first official Senior Nationals) as a superheavyweight.  At the 1965 Nationals, Todd became the first man to squat 700 lbs. in competition at a bodyweight of 335 lbs.  His best official lifts were: a 720-pound squat, a 515-pound bench press, and a 742-pound deadlift.  Todd retired from competition in 1967.

Once he stopped competing, he became a college professor in 1967 at Auburn University.   Todd taught at several universities in both the United States and Canada before finally returning to the University of Texas.   Todd retired from the classroom in the 1990s and was the Director of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a 27,500-square-foot library/museum, which is housed in the football stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.