Bennie Wylie is remembered by Bearkat football fans as one of Sam Houston’s top running backs and as the hero of the Kats’ upset of Stephen F. Austin in 1997.
On April 13 Wylie will be one of 10 top male trainers featured in NBC’s new reality show “STRONG.”
Wylie rushed for 1,773 career yards as a Bearkat from 1994 to 1997. His 48-yard touchdown run on a fourth and one situation with 1:27 left in the game powered Sam Houston to a 33-28 victory over the nationally ranked Lumberjacks his senior year.
NBC's "STRONG" is a competition show like no other. The program will feature 10 top male trainers paired with 10 women. The contestants embark on a transformative journey in order to reach their full potential. As they will learn, it's not necessarily about losing weight, but rather about finding the balance between mind and body.
Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece hosts the 10-episode series from Executive Producers Dave Broome ("The Biggest Loser"), Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton ("Creed") and Holly Wofford ("American Ninja Warrior").
“I’m proud to be a Bearkat,” Wylie said. “I’m hoping that Sam Houston fans will tune into ‘STRONG’ and pull for us.”
Wylie now is a strength and conditioning coach in Abilene, Texas. While attending Sam Houston State University, he was football team captain, a four-year letterman and was named the Bearkats' Freshman of the Year in 1994.
Fresh out of college, Wylie became an assistant with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and then assumed the position of head strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech University. At the University of Tennessee, he guided the development of 14 NFL draft picks, including Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Michael Crabtree. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Texas.
For more information about NBC’s “STRONG” go to the NBC STRONG Website.