Strowman was noticed by a number of other strongmen in the North Carolina area who implored the big man to give it a go. By Strowman's own admission something just clicked from the moment he got involved with the sport, and the purpose he had been looking for for so long had finally arrived.
Strowman's first strongman competition was in September 2009 and by November of 2011 he was awarded his professional card, making him (then) the fastest competitor in the history of strongman to go from amateur rookie to professional athlete. To put that in perspective, there are thousands of active strongmen in the US and only four or five spots open for the jump up every year.
You have to be seriously strong and militantly dedicated to make that cut and luckily Strowman had both qualities in abundance. His eyes were opened to what was possible for the human body and what it took to both get and stay there. A monster was born.