People: Mar. 26, 1984

He is inarguably the biggest man on campus, and who would want to argue with him anyway? North Carolina State University Senior Tab Thacker, 22, packs 447½ Ibs. into a frame that is 58 in. (chest) by 54 in. (waist) by 77 in. (height). "I never eat a whole lot at a time, but I eat continuously," he explains. Thacker is almost as able-bodied as he is awesome. An All-America collegiate wrestler, he is fresh from pinning down the N.C.A.A. heavyweight title with his 31st consecutive win of the year. His next goal is the Olympics. "I'd like to be the...

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