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 a fantastic bodybuilder. However, clearly within the aftermath of his passing, in mild of the public outpouring of emotion from those that did know him, it was apparent there was extra to him than that. Far more.
Bodybuilding is a type of pursuits the place we will simply separate the skin from the within of an athlete. Most of us solely know the skin. In Cedric’s case, his unimaginable 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 sooner or later. That’s not a supposition taken calmly; not everybody has Olympia potential. Truly, a scant few do. The potential actually is that uncommon. And it needs to be. That’s what obtained Cedric the nickname, “The One.”
However, past his stellar genetics, genetics that harken again to the basic physiques of days passed by, and his means to deliver tears to your eyes throughout his beautiful posing routines, it was obvious that Cedric had a good rarer present. When individuals die, it’s simple for the great phrases to come back out. It’s important to be a mighty unhealthy particular person for anybody to solid aspersions your method within the wake of your final demise. It’s what individuals say once 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 associates 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 Higher!
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 mentioned, “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 with the ability to get to the place I’m whereas sustaining my navy profession is one thing I’m additionally slightly pleased with.” Somewhat? Yeah. That’s like saying the good pyramid of Giza is merely a tombstone. However, downplaying Cedric’s awesomeness was one among his emblems.
To me, as not solely an observer, but in addition a bodybuilding fan and a bodybuilder, maybe probably the most touching ingredient 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 all the remainder of the highest six with him and approached Arnold. He made it a degree to deliver 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 mentioned 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 mentioned.
Then, in probably the most jovial – virtually 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 educated to suit into his stunning go well with and one thing about his beef with Donald Trump. To say the gang cherished it’s an understatement. And, from what I’ve been in a position to glean from Cedric’s associates, followers, fellow servicemen, and fellow rivals —-that was basic Cedric. And you may see clearly by the 4×6 smile on his face that he was in his pure ingredient 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 pal and, at one level his prep coach, if he might expound upon that slightly. Whereas Chris cherished Cedric’s physique, he mentioned it was his coronary heart and thoughts that stole the present. “He was type to individuals and real,” Chris mentioned. “In 2015, on the Arnold in Brazil, an aged cleansing woman was stationed backstage and he or she was continually cleansing up round him; his tanning goop and oil operating all around the ground round him – it was a multitude. 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 mentioned. “He at all times put others earlier than himself. I used to beg him, ‘Dude,you’ve gotten a present arising, you possibly can’t be taking good care of this particular person and that particular person and permitting so and so to come back over and dump all their points on you. You have to defend Cedric.’ Cedric’s reply, ‘I can’t try this.’ He was one of many best individuals I’ve ever identified. Blissful, type, humorous, caring, and filled 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 hope for his soul and his household.” Chris’ sentiments are echoed by everybody who’s remembering him at present.
Bodybuilding has misplaced yet one more icon. A possible Mr. Olympia. A protector of our nice nation. By all accounts, a fantastic, nice man. Somebody I want I had gotten to know.
Godspeed Cedric. Thanks for shining a vivid spot in our world and thanks to 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, eternally.