Cedric McMillan: August 17, 1977 – April 12, 2022
I didn’t know Cedric McMillan personally. I did meet him a few times although, and what I might see is what everybody might see, that he was an important bodybuilder. However, clearly within the aftermath of his passing, in gentle of the public outpouring of emotion from those that did know him, it was apparent there was extra to him than that. Way more.
Bodybuilding is a type of pursuits the place we are able to simply separate the skin from the within of an athlete. Most of us solely know the skin. In Cedric’s case, his unbelievable physique garnered him eight professional wins and 4 occasions an Olympia prime 10. Many pundits, coaches and various business insiders with whom I’ve spoken, all agreed that this man from Maplewood, New Jersey, might simply be topped Mr. O someday. That’s not a supposition taken flippantly; not everybody has Olympia potential. Essentially, a scant few do. The potential really is that uncommon. And it must be. That’s what obtained Cedric the nickname, “The One.”
However, past his stellar genetics, genetics that harken again to the traditional physiques of days passed by, and his skill to convey tears to your eyes throughout his beautiful posing routines, it was obvious that Cedric had a fair rarer present. When folks die, it’s straightforward for the nice phrases to come back out. You need to be a mighty unhealthy individual for anybody to forged aspersions your manner within the wake of your final demise. It’s what folks say if you stroll amongst us that talk volumes. In Cedric’s case, I’ve by no means heard a single unhealthy phrase about him. From his fellow rivals, his buddies and acquaintances, to business insiders, coaches, pundits, and the over half a million followers on Instagram, the consensus is that Cedric was a person as nice as his physique. Maybe Even Larger!
As if that wasn’t sufficient, his service to our nice nation within the US Military provides a layer of selflessness in a sport identified for its selfishness. In an interview with Health Volt he stated, “I feel the military is a part of who I’m. I feel the military is what made me the person I’m. I feel having the ability to get to the place I’m whereas sustaining my army profession is one thing I’m additionally a bit of happy with.” Just a little? Yeah. That’s like saying the good pyramid of Giza is merely a tombstone. However, downplaying Cedric’s awesomeness was one in every of his logos.
To me, as not solely an observer, but in addition a bodybuilding fan and a bodybuilder, maybe probably the most touching factor to Cedric’s profession has obtained to be his 2017 Arnold Basic win. Usually, Arnold interviews the winner on stage and asks some rudimentary questions on their prep, what number of hours a day they practice, and no matter else they decide to the trigger. It’s just about his anticipated line of questioning. Effectively, Cedric didn’t go at it alone. After he was topped, he pulled the entire remainder of the highest six with him and approached Arnold. He made it some extent to convey them collectively as a result of to him, it was not about simply him. It was about all of them. He cherished them and he stated so. He stood there and requested the viewers to affix him in a spherical of applause for all the fellows with him on the stage. “It’s about all of us,” he stated.
Then, in probably the most jovial – nearly boyish – but respectful method, Cedric held the mike as much as “Mr. Schwarzenegger” and turned the tables on his bodybuilding idol. He requested Arnold the way it felt to be again on the Arnold once more and what number of hours he skilled to suit into his stunning swimsuit and one thing about his beef with Donald Trump. To say the group cherished it’s an understatement. And, from what I’ve been capable of glean from Cedric’s buddies, followers, fellow servicemen, and fellow rivals —-that was traditional Cedric. And you’ll see clearly by the 4×6 smile on his face that he was in his pure factor doing it. Even half bare in posing trunks!
Cedric’s emphatic reverence for his fellow man prolonged far past the stage – past bodybuilding altogether. I requested Chris Aceto, Cedric’s good good friend and, at one level his prep coach, if he might expound upon that a bit of. Whereas Chris cherished Cedric’s physique, he stated it was his coronary heart and thoughts that stole the present. “He was form to folks and real,” Chris stated. “In 2015, on the Arnold in Brazil, an aged cleansing woman was stationed backstage and he or she was always cleansing up round him; his tanning goop and oil working all around the flooring round him – it was a large number. Once we obtained again to the lodge I requested him the place was that ridiculously costly watch they gave you on the present?”Cedric replied, ‘I gave it to the little previous woman cleansing up after me.” She might have purchased a home with it.
“Cedric was like that,” Chris stated. “He all the time put others earlier than himself. I used to beg him, ‘Dude,you could have a present developing, you’ll be able to’t be caring for this individual and that individual and permitting so and so to come back over and dump all their points on you. It’s essential to defend Cedric.’ Cedric’s reply, ‘I can’t try this.’ He was one of many best folks I’ve ever identified. Blissful, form, humorous, caring, and stuffed with empathy and compassion. He impacted so many individuals. I do know it sounds cliché, however in my case it’s not. I’ll by no means ever neglect him. I’ll proceed to wish for his soul and his household.” Chris’ sentiments are echoed by everybody who’s remembering him at this time.
Bodybuilding has misplaced yet one more icon. A possible Mr. Olympia. A protector of our nice nation. By all accounts, an important, nice man. Somebody I want I had gotten to know.
Godspeed Cedric. Thanks for shining a shiny spot in our world and thanks in your service to our nation. You touched us all. Undoubtedly, your title is one which shall be in our hearts and minds, and on our lips, endlessly.