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Bob Birdsong


Born: 1948
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 212 lbs.


"Although all of his wins came in
the 70's, Bob competed successfully until 1989. He was known for having great overall development. In fact, when Arnold commentated ABC's coverage of the 1984 Pro World Championships (at which Bob placed 4th) he used Bob to illustrate the muscles being judged. Bob is featured in the book Pumping Iron."



Competed: 74-89

1971

Mr America - AAU, 21st

1972

Mr America - AAU, 10th
Mr California - AAU, 2nd
Mr Western America - AAU, 2nd

1973

Mr America - IFBB, Medium, 1st
Mr International - IFBB, Medium, 1st
Mr Los Angeles - AAU, Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Winner

1974

Mr America - IFBB, Medium, 1st
Mr America - IFBB, Overall Winner
Mr International - IFBB, Medium, 2nd
Universe - IFBB, Medium, 2nd

1975

Universe - Pro - IFBB, Winner
World Pro Championships - IFBB, Winner

1979

Olympia - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 5th

1980

Universe - Pro - IFBB, 3rd
World Pro Championships - IFBB, 3rd

1981

Grand Prix California - IFBB, Did not place

1983

Grand Prix Denver - IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Las Vegas - IFBB, 5th
Grand Prix Portland - IFBB, 6th
Night of Champions - IFBB, 6th
World Pro Championships - IFBB, 7th

1984

Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, 2nd
Olympia - IFBB, 10th
World Grand Prix - IFBB, 2nd
World Pro Championships - IFBB, 4th

1985

Night of Champions - IFBB, 3rd
Olympia - IFBB, 11th

1986

Los Angeles Pro Championships - IFBB, Did not place
Night of Champions - IFBB, 12th
World Pro Championships - IFBB, 11th

1989

Grand Prix US Pro - IFBB, 6th
Niagara Falls Pro Invitational - IFBB, 7th
Night of Champions - IFBB, 9th





1. What is your favorite scripture?

I would have to say 1 Timothy 4:8 - "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godlinessis profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and that which is to come." That's one of my favorites. I have so many of them that I like. But that one was the main one that gave me the strength to carry on with the Lord when I got saved, when I was born again. I was at a book store at the time and this gentleman, he was working there and he gave me that Scripture and it made me think, "is all this exercise really what it's all about? Why am I competing all the time?" I had gone into th ebookstore to get a little Bible and that kind of woke me up a little bit. So what's your favorite?



MCBB: Mine is Mark 10:27 - "But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

See, there all good. All the Scriptures are good!



2. Who were your childhood heros?

Let's see now. My idols actually, I didn't have heroes. At the time I was 14, I got into bodybuilding and I went out and bought a muscle magazine and I looked through it. I think possibly Arnold Schwarzennegar was one, but he wasn't the first one. Rick Wayne, Steve Reeves and more of the old timers were a few of my idols at the time that I wanted to be like.



3. If you could meet anyone from the bible, other than Jesus, who would it be?

Good question! I think possibly Paul because he was a very humble person and that's kind of like me. He did some great things through God. I would like to be that type of a person where God could use me to do great things to raise Him up in my walk.



4. What is a typical day in your life like?

Reaching out to others during the day. I just got out of massage school about two or three months ago and now I am trying to get into an institution someplace to work as a massage therapist. I don't work out like I used to, I don't eat seven times a day like I used to. I only eat two or three times when I am really hungry. My mind is focused on my job to meet my family's needs. During that time if I meet people during the day I will share the Lord with them or enlighten them with a word, I will. And I do, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation so that is the power. If there is going to be any power in one's life, it is going to be the Word of God in one's life to be used to reach out to somebody the one and only way, I think.



5. What biblical figure do you most identify with?

I would have to say just being a servant. A servant going through life serving the Lord the best way I can. I am no body special, I mean there were the apostles in the bible that God used to do great things. I look up to them and I try to follow their examples, but I just see myself as a servant doing the best I can for the Lord. Trying to use the word of the Lord as an example throughout the day and making th ebest of the day. So you can say servant!



6. What trait do you like most about yourself?

The fact that God can use a vessel like me using the talent I have as an artist, a past bodybuilder, a massage therapist. For any type of talent that I have available to be used for the power of God to reach out to people out there in life. That's it! A piece of clay with talents that God can use!



7. What trait do you like least about yourself?

Let me think - what do I like least about myself... You know what? I really haven't given that a lot of thought simply because I am trying to focus on the traits that I have that can be used in my life. Not the things that in my life that I like least about myself. There is so little time in life today and there are so many people out there who have needs that I can't really focus on that because there God's word is so powerful and the most in life that you have to reach out to the people who don't have the Lord, that have less than myself. I mean I have two legs and two arms and a mouth and God wants us to use those things to reach out and we can't just hide our light under a bush. We have to let people see it so we have to focus on what we have available to reach out to others so we can lift them up and get them on the path so they can also be out there doing the same thing. Anybody that I reach out to and God blesses and they becomes born again Christians where God can use them too is a blessing to me. But they also need to focus on what God has done for them and get off the thinking about their being least. The bible says the least shall be first, so God will lift them up! The most in life is the power of God in our lives so we just don't have time to focus on the things least in our lives. Lie is too short!



8. How have you been able to represent God in your sport?

As a bodybuilder I have been able to mention my testimony in muscle magazines. When I started winning major contests, I started doing stronger interviews. Back in '75 when I became a born again Christian and I was able to put my testimony of my life and my family in these muscle magazines where the whole world could read it! That was exciting. It opened doors for my family to go around the United States and Canada and to other places that we wouldn't ordinarily go. I had a chance to serve in the Full Gospel Business Man's organization. I went around the United States three or four times, Canada from west to east. I've gone to youth camps, open air crusades, fairs, high schools and gyms. Christian people would invite me to the gyms to do seminars. Christian people there would ask me key questions to open up the testimony that I was able to share in front of people who were not Christian. I was just excited to do what I could for the Lord and do the best that I could do!



9. If you could change one thing about your sport, what would it be?

You know I was just fortunate to go through life and spend the time in my sport that I was able to do what I could do to support my family and for the Lord. Today the sport has gotten so out of hand with what you are familiar with; I think we all are. I think it has drawn a lot of attentions today because ot the human growth hormones, the steroids and the things that all these guys are taking today. They are willing to pay a price which is a short-term life for what they thought was a long-term sport. They are willing to pay that price and they will. But through it all I don't think I would do it, well I know I wouldn't go through it all to get the size that they are getting today for the glory that they are wanting today. I don't promote drugs or steroids and truthfully, I admit to having used them in the past, but I don't condone it. Everybody knows that you cannot get to look like you do today and take all the stuff you're taking and say that you are not using. But like I say, it is their career, their life and they are making a living off of it and so they are providing for themselves but at the same time all the glory and pride they are gathering in their lives - well the bible says that pride comes before the fall and so many of them are falling today because of the use of it all. But, they are still willing to pay the price to get all that glory or get in the magazine and be around people. There is a lot of money going into their body, like $3,000 - $4,000 a month. I don't know how they make it today. It's amazing, but that's their business and I have to tend to my own business. God's given me a ministry to do so I have to do what the Lord has called me to do and pray for them.


10. If you were to die today and go to heaven, what would you like to hear God say?

Anything He wants to! Because anything He says, well it's just going to be a blessing just to be there!





Thank you so much Bob for participating in our interview, you are such a blessing!

It took us some time to find him but it was well worth it.