Oral History Project


By Richard Jasper

FILE 3042: GFL Oral History Project, Subject Graham Hardesty (b. 10-9-02)

Is this thing on?

Testing, testing, one, two.

Oh, it is?


Well, yeah, I'm happy to take part in this project. In fact, I'd say it's long overdue, emphasis on l-o-n-g.

Hey, well, you guys are a little TOO serious, y'know?

Anyway, yeah, I'm just a typical gay guy in his mid 20s, learning about life and love in the 2020s. Didn't that used to apply to eyesight? Like 20/20 nearsight or something?

But, yeah, typical.

Average height, around 6'4-6'5, depending on who's averaging, and average build, ya know, 400 lbs., 10% bodyfat. Not too big - not that there's any such thing as too big! - definitely not too small. And, yeah, a bit more than twice the size of the average straight guy my age.

Ya know, actually I read that in the late 20th century there was a big obesity crisis in the United States and it wasn't uncommon for straight guys to weigh more than 200 lbs. I've even seen pix! Hard to imagine, even so. Especially hard to believe that straight guys actually used to TRY to get big. The idea that a straight fella would lift weights, well, jeez, I mean, is that too cool or what?

So, yeah, I was typical, even as a teenager. I got the growth spurt when I was 12 or 13, topped out at my full height around 15, by which time I was already 250 lbs. My parents were kinda mean about it, always trying to cut back on my portions, afraid, I guess, of the inevitable.

But you know how that goes, we grow anyway, it's like we suck it out of the air or something. By 16 I was 300 lbs. and there was no mistaking it and by that time my parents were pretty cool with it. They'd married late and my dad was actually one of those straight guys that DID left weights, back before the Ayatollah General tried to outlaw it in the Mid Oze, just before the countercoup that put President Clinton back in office.

[Editor's Note: Not untypical of his generation, Mr. Hardesty has conflated the two Clinton presidencies; for record, the 2005 restoration, not countercoup, saw the inaugural of President Hillary Rodham Clinton after the vaporization of the Bush II administration by the Vulcan emissaries.]

So, like, I think they were secretly kind of proud of me, being so big and all, not to mention built like a brick shithouse and strong as an ox. They ponied up the bucks to get me into the best Rainbow Academy in the state, one of the top 10 GFL producers in the country.

Not that I was ever quite GFL quality but, shit, I liked carrying water for those boys.

Which gets us to the real point of this story, namely, Kenzie Westerman.

Yep, THE Kenzie Westerman.

I was his first boyfriend, can you believe it?

The biggest, most amazing GFL player of all time.

Or that's what they say about him, although it seems a bit early on, don't you think? I mean, he's the same age I am so he's only been playing for 5 years.




What more can I say?

Ya know, the typical GFL player is about half again as big as I am, even though they're only 2-3 inches taller than I am. And that's one helluva big man, if you know what I mean. 6'6 and 600 lbs. is fucking HUGE.

And, yeah, I can tell it makes you straightboys nervous as hell talking about them sons of bitches. Considering each one of 'em is at least three times your size and could break any half dozen of you in half, I guess I'm not surprised.

No, that's OK, settle down, I'm just stretching, I'm not going to Hulk out on you!

Getting back to the story.

So, yeah, the GFL average is 6'6 and 600 lbs. with the occasional 7 foot, 800 lb. monster just to liven things up.

But Kenzie, hell, he was already 500 lbs. when I met him at Rainbow Utah, and he was only 16. He was already being scouted by GFL teams from both coasts and he hadn't taken his SATs yet. I didn't hurt that he was already benching the same as the typical GFL lineman (i.e., about 2000 lbs.)

As for now.

Well, yeah, I really DID have a piece of that.

And God I'd like to have a piece of it again.

But that's getting ahead of the story, right?

Oops, time to turn over the tape. •

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