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NFL hopeful Crandall Maines makes viral workout video
Imagine you're an NFL scout, trying to find a diamond in the rough.

You cue up the next workout video and see a man in a Mexican wrestling outfit getting ready to bench press.

Your first question might be "why?"

"Why would I spend time with an agent and do it the traditional way when I could do it a different way and get a little more attention?" asked NFL hopeful Crandall Maines.

There's certainly nothing traditional about dressing up as Ignacio, a Mexican luchador played by actor Jack Black in the film "Nacho Libre."

But being "traditional" has never really interested Maines.

"When scouts are looking and they're thinking about 'who do I want?' they're always going to remember the unique kid," Maines said.

Maines lives in Florida and went to Jacksonville University, but spent time with his family in Vilas County every year as a child.

"I've spent a lot of time working out in the Northland Pines fieldhouse," Maines said. "They've got great facilities there. It's god's country. And just the awesome season changes; it's better than anywhere else in the world."

Crandall's father Jon wore the Northland Pines uniform from 1979 to 1982 and passed the game on to his son.

"He works harder at it than I ever did and I thought I worked hard at it," Jon said.

"My dad said if you didn't have the big bench press, you weren't a man," Crandall said. "So I went in there and showed everybody that I was definitely a man."

As an undrafted free agent, Crandall sees a lot of himself in Ignacio.

"He doesn't win a single match all movie until the championship," Crandall said. "He's going through, he's losing, he's losing, he's losing, he keeps working at it and eventually when the opportunity of a lifetime comes, he's prepared and he takes advantage of it and wins the match."

And whether Crandall wins his personal bout of making it to the NFL or not, he's got plenty of people cheering from Wisconsin.

"The family loved the video," Jon said. "A lot of my friends looked at it and loved it. But that just goes with his personality."

Maines says he has been in contact with the Detroit Lions and hopes to at least get an invite to training camp.

Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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