Who Is A Better Athlete: Josh Kaiser or Ben Mitchel?
Start writing a post
Student Life

Who Is A Better Athlete: Josh Kaiser or Ben Mitchel?

The Greatest Debate of the 21st Century.


The term “athletic” is defined by dictionary.com as, “physically active or strong; good at athletics or sports”. Using these criteria we are going to evaluate and compare the athleticism of members of the University of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Josh Kaiser and Ben Mitchel. We broke it down by who is more active, who is stronger, and who is better at certain sports.

Before we get into analyzing this extremely important and relevant question, we must conduct a background check on both of these athletes before we continue.  Ben Mitchel and Josh Kaiser both attended Cypress Bay High School.  They were not friends at all, and some people will even say that their groups of friends had beef with each other.  Extremely competitive in nature, Ben Mitchel played point guard for the Cypress Bay High School basketball squad.  Although never claiming a permanent starting spot, he assures everyone who asks that he was the clear vocal and locker room leader while barely contributing anything on the court.  

Josh Kaiser, on the other hand, played for the Cypress Bay High School football squad. Although he started at fullback and had a pretty successful career for a Jewish white kid who didn’t start playing football until high school, he made it very clear that he wasn’t the star, at all.  Take a look at this interview after Kaiser scored the game-winning touchdown run against Flanagan High School.

Before Josh even started at the University of Florida, Ben Mitchel (a year older than Kaiser) marked off in Zeta Beta Tau’s email thread as “The most athletic kid in the entire fraternity”.  This caused a huge stir and created controversy amongst the members of ZBT.  Josh and Ben became best friends last fall, even though they did not like each other in high school. Once Josh rushed ZBT and was initiated into our chapter, he heard about this outrageous comment by Ben and immediately dubbed himself more athletic, thus indirectly titling himself as the most athletic in ZBT.   

The winner of the “more active” category has to be Ben Mitchel.  Mitchel’s projected 40 yard dash time is 4.5 seconds, where the 40 yard dash time of Josh Kaiser is an average 4.8 seconds.  This 0.3-second difference is one that eats Kaiser away on the inside, day in and day out. As the ever-confident Mitchel puts it, “I make fast people look…not that fast”. On top of being outright faster than Kaiser, Mitchel also has the advantage in the ups category.  Ben Mitchel’s projected vertical leap is around 37.5 inches, where Kaiser’s is again an average 28 inches. Without a doubt, Ben Mitchel is more physically active than Josh Kaiser.   

The winner of the “stronger” category is clearly Josh Kaiser. After being introduced to weight training as a 2nd grader, Kaiser has taken his lifting through the roof. He often lifts three and four times a day, just to keep those huge muscles in tact. He can currently max out at 300 lbs on the bench press, while the scrawnier Mitchel can only put up 220 on a good day. Kaiser currently has an open challenge to any single member of Florida Greek life to out bench him on any given day. As the confident Kaiser puts it, “I can lift way more than any of these guys. I have been lifting my whole life, and if anyone in Florida Greek life thinks they can bench more they are foolish”. However, benching is not even Kaiser’s best exercise in the weight room. Along with Jen Selter, his favorite thing to do in the gym is squat. He recently put up 375 lbs squatting, while the most Ben has ever put up is 250. The most surprising of all strength categories, is the difference in leg press between the two. Kaiser can max out at 1000 lbs on the leg press (!), while Mitchel can only reach 500 lbs on a gallon’s worth of pre-workout powder. This was another no-brainer, as Josh Kaiser is much much stronger in every category you can think of in the gym.   

The last category of our debate is who is better at sports. While Kaiser clearly has the upper edge in football, and Ben in basketball, we realized we had to take a look at the sports that neither had focused on in high school. Here is how they compare:   

Baseball: Josh Kaiser             

Although neither has played baseball in the past five years, the difference between them back then was quite evident. While Kaiser played short stop and batted fourth in the lineup, Mitchel often played right field (the worst position), and batted last.  In a recent pickup game of baseball played on a field with 40-foot bases, Ben Mitchel batted 7th (out of 8) and grounded into a double play which happened to be the first double play in pick-up baseball history.   

Golf: Josh Kaiser             

Now don’t get us wrong, Josh Kaiser is bad at golf.  However, Ben Mitchel is Charles Barkley-esque.     

Swimming: Ben Mitchel             

Kaiser outweighs Mitchel by about 30 pounds, so we reluctantly give Ben the edge on this one.   

Volleyball: Josh Kaiser            

Kaiser played volleyball for one year in middle school.  He just has the skills that Ben doesn’t.   

Hockey: Ben Mitchel             

Neither have ever played a single organized game of hockey before.  Since Hockey is a sport of speed and finesse, we think Ben takes the cake here.   

Track: Ben Mitchel             

Jumps higher, runs faster. Easy choice here.   

Soccer:  Josh Kaiser             

Despite Mitchel’s superior speed, recent pick-up games have proven that Kaiser’s great strength and instincts  make him a better player.   

Final Verdict                 

We have had a first hand look at who is the better athlete over the past few years. Countless arguments have taken place between the two on what seems to be a nightly basis. After taking in all of this information, we have come to the conclusion that neither Josh Kaiser nor Ben Mitchel is a better athlete. They are both way too cocky to ever be considered the better anything, and this article should be the conclusion to the debate forever. At the end of the day you are both just a couple of Jewish kids from South Florida who happened to play sparingly in their best sports in high school. 

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments