As an NFL wide receiver, Matt Willis possesses tremendous agility and strength.
Often, Willis utilizes those abilities on the football field as a member of the Denver Broncos, but this offseason Willis decided to test his skills somewhere else… as a ninja.
A ninja warrior, that is.
Willis said he occasionally watches the American Ninja Warrior television show on G4 and he always came away impressed with the participants. Willis also has a passion for obstacle courses and physical challenges, so when the opportunity presented itself to join the show in Venice, Calif., Willis jumped on it.
“My brother-in-law — he plays water polo for the U.S. National Team — and he got a call from a lady involved in the show and I was with him at the time,” Willis explained. “And I got all excited and told him to sign me up.
“Then I got the opportunity to do it.”
Willis was happy to report that he successfully maneuvered his way through the initial challenge, but his time on the show ended there.
“I completed the first part and then they take the top 30 times and do an extended version,” Willis said. “I didn’t make it that far, but I’m proud I made it through the first part.”
Now, Willis is back to work on the football field, but when asked if he’d be interested in an obstacle challenge among NFL players, Willis was quick to respond.
“Absolutely, I’d be the first one to sign up,” he said. “I have a buddy who is a Navy Seal and I’m trying to get him to sneak me onto the base so I can do their obstacle course. I love that kind of stuff.”
Below is the video from Willis’ time on the Ninja Warrior program: