NFL: Does Size Really Matter?

JOHN LUCKELContributor IMay 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In today's NFL it seems size doesn't matter.It seems to be the smaller you are the better it is. Back when I played high school football small was a bad thing. Every year the players were getting bigger, and I seemed to not grow. Well to say the least I stopped playing.

I look forward to the upcoming season to see how small they will go this year. Looking back to last year we have Darren Sproles, a 5'6" 180 pound running back for the Chargers, Quentin Griffin 5'7" 195 pound running back, then we have CORNER BACK, Jason David 5'8" 172 pounds.

I'm not sure how these guys would of fared back in the days of bone crushing, bloody football of the 70's. I'm sure there are a few small guys who would have an impact on football then, now seems to be the time of the smaller players. 

Lets see what this season has to offer us as fans of the sport. I for one look forward to watching the smaller backs bob and weave through the stunned defenses. Their speed alone is something to contend with, once they get into the open field good luck catching them. With their bodies so low to the ground they have the advantage from the start.

So once again lets go back and ask ourselves the question, does size matter? I don't think so, in most cases bigger is better, if your a lineman, a linebacker yes big is good. But when it comes to the backfield look out big here comes small, and their coming low and fast. So lets see what happens this up coming season, lets see if the defense can come up with a solution for this. Hope you enjoy the 2009 season.