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 ideal bodybuilder. But, clearly within the aftermath of his passing, in mild of the general public outpouring of emotion from those that did know him, it was apparent there was extra to him than that. Much extra.
Bodybuilding is a type of pursuits the place we are able to simply separate the surface from the within of an athlete. Most of us solely know the surface. In Cedric’s case, his unimaginable physique garnered him eight professional wins and 4 occasions an Olympia prime 10. Many pundits, coaches and assorted 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 frivolously; not everybody has Olympia potential. In actuality, a scant few do. The potential really is that uncommon. And it ought to be. That’s what bought Cedric the nickname, “The One.”
But, past his stellar genetics, genetics that harken again to the basic physiques of days passed by, and his capacity to convey tears to your eyes throughout his beautiful posing routines, it was obvious that Cedric had an excellent rarer present. When folks die, it’s simple for the nice phrases to return out. You should be a mighty dangerous particular person for anybody to solid aspersions your means 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 dangerous phrase about him. From his fellow opponents, his pals and acquaintances, to business insiders, coaches, pundits, and the over half 1,000,000 followers on Instagram, the consensus is that Cedric was a person as nice as his physique. Perhaps Even Greater!
As if that wasn’t sufficient, his service to our nice nation within the US Army provides a layer of selflessness in a sport recognized for its selfishness. In an interview with Fitness Volt he mentioned, “I think the army is part of who I am. I think the army is what made me the man I am. I think being able to get to where I am while maintaining my military career is something I’m also a little proud of.” A little? Yeah. That’s like saying the nice pyramid of Giza is merely a tombstone. But, downplaying Cedric’s awesomeness was one in all his logos.
To me, as not solely an observer, but in addition a bodybuilding fan and a bodybuilder, maybe essentially the most touching component to Cedric’s profession has bought to be his 2017 Arnold Classic win. Normally, 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. Well, 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 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 mentioned so. He stood there and requested the viewers to affix him in a spherical of applause for all the blokes with him on the stage. “It’s about all of us,” he mentioned.
Then, in essentially 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 lovely go well with and one thing about his beef with Donald Trump. To say the group cherished it’s an understatement. And, from what I’ve been in a position to glean from Cedric’s pals, followers, fellow servicemen, and fellow opponents —-that was basic Cedric. And you’ll be able to see clearly by the 4×6 smile on his face that he was in his pure component 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 buddy and, at one level his prep coach, if he might expound upon that slightly. While Chris cherished Cedric’s physique, he mentioned it was his coronary heart and thoughts that stole the present. “He was kind to people and genuine,” Chris mentioned. “In 2015, at the Arnold in Brazil, an elderly cleaning lady was stationed backstage and she was constantly cleaning up around him; his tanning goop and oil running all over the floor around him – it was a mess. When we got back to the hotel I asked him where was that ridiculously expensive watch they gave you at the show?”Cedric replied, ‘I gave it to the little previous girl cleansing up after me.” She might have purchased a home with it.
“Cedric was like that,” Chris mentioned. “He always put others before himself. I used to beg him, ‘Dude,you have a show coming up, you can’t be taking care of this person and that person and allowing so and so to come over and dump all their issues on you. You need to protect Cedric.’ Cedric’s reply, ‘I can’t do that.’ He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. Happy, kind, funny, caring, and full of empathy and compassion. He impacted so many people. I know it sounds cliché, but in my case it’s not. I will never ever forget him. I will continue to pray for his soul and his family.” Chris’ sentiments are echoed by everybody who’s remembering him in the present day.
Bodybuilding has misplaced yet one more icon. A potential Mr. Olympia. A protector of our nice nation. By all accounts, an ideal, nice man. Someone I want I had gotten to know.
Godspeed Cedric. Thank you for shining a vivid spot in our world and thanks in your service to our nation. You touched us all. Undoubtedly, your title is one which will likely be in our hearts and minds, and on our lips, without end.