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How Small Is Too Small In Football?

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Perhaps you’ve noticed that it seems football players appear to get bigger and bigger with every passing season. With that current trend, one has to wonder if it is optimal for players of every position to be of large stature and significant weight? Recent reports indicate that many scouts believe the ideal size of a professional quarterback to be between 6’2” and 6’5” with a weight range of 130-145 pounds. At that size he may lack some speed that a smaller player might have but he likely has the strength to better withstand getting tackled long enough to get the ball to where he wants it to go. As far as linebackers go, reports indicate that an ideal size for that position would be in the 6’3”-6’4”, 200-230 pound range. Obviously, some professional athletes who play the linebacker position weigh a great deal more than what is considered “ideal”. When it comes to the safeties, again, bigger appears to be better with the ideal at 6’2” and 225 pounds. That theory doesn’t always hold water, however. One of the best small safeties to currently play the game is Jay Valai who stands 5’9” and weight in at 205. He, along with co-safety, Aaron Henry are causing many to take notice of their exceptional skills. Valai doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by his lack of “size” and claims that it may even be to his advantage on occasion. Perhaps size doesn’t always matter as much as some might think it does. Maybe it’s more important how fast, how quick thinking and how efficient a player is. Just ask Jay Valai.

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