BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Jonesboro brothers Tom and Eddie Morgan competed in a World Association of Bench Press and Dead Lift powerlifting contest in Broken Arrow on May 23.
Even though the contest had a 30-lifter limit due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, several records were broken at the event.
Tom Morgan, 70, broke the world record in raw (no bench shirt) in the age group 68-74 competition. Weighing 274 pounds, he benched 274.
He has been competing since January 1992 in powerlifting.
“You are never too old to lift weights, but when you do stop lifting you get old real quick,” he said in a press release.
Eddie Morgan, 67, has been competing since 1980. He has won four world championships and has placed first in every competition since 1997. He has set over 40 world records and 15 American records over the years, as well as numerous state records.
He won the push pull and deadlift only competition at the Oklahoma event.
Eddie Morgan weighs 245 pounds, and benched 297 pounds and deadlifted 601 pounds at the event.
Eddie Morgan is a graduate of West Memphis where he played football. He was a member of 1975 ASU football team, one of two undefeated teams in the history of the school’s football program, and was All Southland Conference Defensive Tackle in his Junior and Senior Years.
He was drafted by the New York Giants and played pro football in the Canadian League. Eddie Morgan has taught special ed at Trumann for 33 years
Eddie Morgan holds a national championship contest, the Arkansas Southern Nationals Weight Lifting Championships, in Jonesboro each year in an effort to get people of all ages involved in physical activity.