This is another giant leap for mankind.

College gridiron player Derrick Willies can leap onto a 1.52m box from the seated position while wearing a 4.5kg weigh vest, and he's tweeted video of his spring-heeled effort to prove it.

The 21-year-old from Iowa, who plays for Texas Tech, is also an outstanding athlete, having won numerous titles on the track. He also led the nation in yards per reception playing for another Texas college last season.

The 1.9m, 102kg receiver is absent from training with a hand injury but still managed to launch himself into the spotlight.