The only difference between Greg Powell and the rest of us mediocre guys is when his mom told him he was special, he didn’t make her a liar. Greg has a ridiculous ability to be exceptional at just about everything, hence his nickname “Special Greg”. Growing up Special played more conventional sports like soccer, but it just so happens that he is the cousin of the one and only Travis Pastrana. As a kid when he would visit his cousin, Travis, together they would raise hell and push the limits of extreme action sports. Special said himself he can’t believe some of the things they did. Crazy things that would probably make any woman cringe with motherly instinct.
But Special took a little different route in life than his cousin Travis. He proceeded to do the college thing where he earned his degree in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Oh, and he played Division 1 collegiate football as a wide receiver and special teams player. Being one of the strongest guys on the team, it was reported his 187 lb. frame could squat 525 lbs. That’s so much weight that when Chuck Norris attempted the same feat, he ended up with a hernia, a dismantled ego, and a lost endorsement from the Total Gym. Special even plays the flute. Take that Chuck.
Even though Special Greg Powell wasn’t completely raised on extreme sports like his cousin, since he has joined the Nitro crew, he has made plenty of waves in the action sports world. One of his most extraordinary stunts is what he calls the “special flip”, where on a BMX bike while in the air he completely loses all contact with the bike while doing a body varial and then somehow manages to grab the bike and get back on and ride away. Even the great BMX rider Matt Hoffman looked on with wide eyes and a hanging jaw when he first saw a failed attempt. With his massive loads of confidence and talent, Special Greg Powell brings a high degree of charisma and energy to the Nitro crew that is second to none. He embodies everything that we stand for here at Nitro Circus. He really is one special dude.