Ronnie coleman, I view him as one of the greatest of all time. I looked up to him a lot, it wasn’t the same once he stepped away from the stage. Although bodybuilding was something I loved so much .. .. But for me I remember Ronnie Coleman called me on my first victory night of champions, my first pro win. He told me after prejudging, he said congratulations, I didn’t understand because the show wasn’t over yet, he said you won. A later we would be battling it out. I was always like man, if I can get myself in this kinda shape, nobody can touch me. I ain’t worried about what they’re doing. I’m worried about what I need to do in the gym. I can’t control how these other guys are gonna look. But I can control how I’m gonna look, so if I lift a certain weight and I diet a certain way I can outlift this guys and I can outdiet these guys. Ronnie was like, all he wanted to do was workout. We would get off the planes and Ronnie would be like alright where is the gym? I would be like I just wanna sleep in the hotel, but I wanna beat this guy so I gotta get to the gym. In 1992, I didn’t place at all in the Olympia, didn’t get a dime, didn’t get a dollar. I didn’t complain.. 1994 I didn’t complain when I got 15th. 1995 I didn’t complain when I got 11th.. 1996 I didn’t complain when I got 6th.. 1997 I didn’t complain when I got 9th.. Moral of the story is.. Why complain? I kept doing what I kept doing and I got better at what I kept doing, and I beat y’all!! It was like OK warm-up.. One plate on each side, then it was two, then it was three and I’m like sh*t.. He’s gonna keep going, I’d bail after 4 and Ronnie still got 5 and 6. He would sit in the corner and nod his head as the music was playing loud, it was always rap music. Man I thought, how am I ever gonna beat this guy? So when I did beat him, it was just like I beat my idol. You know the feeling, I was so excited but at the same time I kept him from getting 9 and breaking the record. I know how much bodybuilding meant to him, and I knew how much the Mr. Olympia title meant to him. My respect to him was just tremendous. Still to this day, I wouldn’t have been as great of a bodybuilder if it wasn’t for Ronnie Coleman.