Texas trooper medals in bench press at international powerlifting competition

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Most people have heard the phrase “everything is bigger in Texas,” but many may not have realized that this includes Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Tim Matthews.

On Facebook Thursday, the North Texas region of Texas DPS announced that Matthews, a highway patrol officer in Texarkana, recently won a medal in an international powerlifting competition.

Matthews traveled to Las Vegas in mid-December to participate in the International Powerlifting League-Olympia Pro Powerlifting meeting.

His bench press of 551.5 lbs, which he said was a personal best, earned him second place in the men’s super heavyweight class.

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Texas Highway Patrol Texarkana Trooper Tim Matthews placed second in a match at the Las Vegas International Powerlifting League-Olympia Pro Powerlifting meeting in December.
(Texas Department of Public Safety – North Texas Region)

“Its commitment to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle helps to set an example that promotes the mission of the Texas Department of Public Safety,” the agency wrote.

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Matthews’ performance was met with many congratulations in the mail and a few witty comments about his strength.

“Congratulations! We need an arm wrestling challenge. If the offender wins, no ticket. I think Trooper Matthews would lead the most stats,” one commenter suggested.

Another wrote: “I pity the fool who wants to struggle at a traffic stop! Shouldn’t he be employed by the NFL?! my window!”

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Matthews shared the agency’s post on his personal Facebook page, adding, “Grateful for the love shown and extremely grateful to be a part of this amazing agency!!”

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The officer also shared some additional achievements for 2022 in an earlier post, including Overall Bench Winner at the United States Powerlifting Association DT Nationals.