Grid Profile: Marcus Hendren is a Legit Farm Boy

June 05, 2015

We’ve heard that Marcus Hendren of the DC Brawlers is a farmer when he’s not competing, but for some reason it never really sunk in until we saw him shoveling grain inside a silo in this new NPGL profile.


DC Brawlers’ Marcus Hendren works at his family’s dairy and grain farm in Ohio. He considers himself a “most-of-the-time farmer” and said the hard work and lifestyle has prepared him well for GRID.

“It’s prepared me for the type of spirit and attitude you have to have to do well in life,” he said. “GRID is highly competitive and it’s really fast. You have to be wiling to push yourself past the limit to do well. I think that is a bit of mental seasoning that doesn’t just happen. Growing up here has lent itself well to the GRID.”

When asked about his biggest motivation, Hendren said: fear.

“I’m afraid to not know what I’m capable of. Just to live your life not knowing what you can do mentally and physically is just a shame.”

Hendren said he’d love to see his future path include winning a decade of GRID championships, where he could progress in the sport by transitioning to a 40+ athlete, and where his team is “constantly winning championships.”

Hendron and the 2015 NPGL Champion DC Brawlers play the first match of the 2015 season against the Boston Iron at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 13. That will be the first of four matches being played at TheFitExpo San Jose. Ticket information:

Learn more about GRID, the athletes and the teams at

About GRID
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men, one of each being over 40 years old) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram.

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