Super Bowl XLVII: The Largest and Smallest Players for Both Ravens and 49ers
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On Sunday evening (February 3, 6:30 p.m. ET, CBS), the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will duke it out on football's biggest stage in New Orleans, competing to become the next National Football League World Champions.
The game will be played on a big stage, and some of the league's largest—and smallest—players will be participating. In this slideshow, we'll take a look at San Francisco's and Baltimore's big boys, as well as their "small" ones.
Baltimore's Largest Player—Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Nose Tackle
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At age 34, Kemoeatu weighs in at 364 pounds—he will be the heaviest player participating in Sunday's game. Standing 6'5", Kemoeatu started in 13 games in the regular season, recording 29 tackles and a sack.
Number: 96. Video: Kemoeatu talks about his massive size in an interview with DC Pro Sports Report.
Fact: Kemoeatu outweighs Baltimore's lightest player (kicker Justin Tucker, 180 pounds) by 184 pounds.
San Francisco's Largest Player—Leonard Davis, Offensive Guard
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Drafted second overall out of Texas by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2001 NFL draft, Davis went on to spend time with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions before joining San Francisco this offseason. Once one of the best guards in the game, Davis hasn't actually started in a game since 2010.
At age 34, Davis weighs in at 350 pounds. Standing 6'6", Davis is also the second-tallest player on the 49ers roster (second only to offensive lineman Alex Boone, 6'8").
Number: 68. Video: Highlights from Davis' 2008 season.
Fact: Davis played on a 2000 Texas team that included future NFL players Cory Redding, Casey Hampton, Shaun Rogers, Roy Williams, Cedric Benson, Bo Scaife, Mike Williams, Quentin Jammer and Chris Simms, as well as Washington Redskins current offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
It truly is a small world!
Baltimore's Smallest Player—Justin Tucker, Kicker
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No surprise here, Baltimore's lightest player is rookie kicker Justin Tucker, who signed with the team out of Texas as an undrafted free agent last summer. In the regular season, Tucker went 30-of-33 (90.9 percent) on field-goal attempts.
At age 23, Tucker weighs in at 180 pounds. Standing 6'0", however, Tucker is four inches tallest than Baltimore's shortest player, running back Ray Rice (5'8").
Number: 9. Video: Footage of Tucker going 10-for-10 in a pre-draft prospect video.
Fact: Tucker helped the Ravens defeat the the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs with his overtime field goal, but his on-field practice kick in that same game was actually illegal.
San Francisco's Smallest Player—Ted Ginn Jr., Wide Receiver
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Drafted ninth overall out of Ohio State by the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 NFL draft, Ginn went on to join San Francisco in 2010 after proving to be more skilled as a return specialist than a wide receiver.
At age 27, Ginn weighs in at 180 pounds. Standing 5'11", Ginn is three inches taller than San Francisco's shortest player, wide receiver Chad Hall (5'8").
Number: 19. Video: Ginn returns a kickoff and punt for scores in the same game.
Fact: Since 2008, Ginn has run six kicks back for scores, but only caught two passes in 2012.
Honorable Mentions for Both Teams
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Ravens: Bryabt NcKinnie (360 pounds) and Terrence Cody (349 pounds). Chykie Brown (190 pounds) and Asa Jackson (190 pounds).
49ers: Michael Iupati (331 pounds) and Issac Sopoaga (330 pounds). Andy Lee (180 pounds) AND Chad Hall (187 pounds).
If size is going to be a factor in this year's Super Bowl, Baltimore haS the advantage with larger big men and heavier "light" players. We'll find out if size and power decide the game in one week.