Coming Up Short: Why Height Is Overrated In The NFL

April 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When you think of the prototypical quarterback what comes to mind? Does a 6-foot-5, 220 pound gun-slinger sound perfect?

What if I told you that a 6-foot, 209 pound quarterback was ruling the NFL right now?

If height mattered in the NFL, Drew Brees would be a kicker.

His barely 6-foot stature has never been a handicap in his career. At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, Brees told coaches that he was 6-foot-2 in order to get the starting job on his team.

When the coaching staff wanted to take his height and weight, Brees accepted the request, obviously.

Coaches told him that he was "6-foot and a quarter inch."

Drew told them to re-measure him, thinking they had been off in his measurement.

Once again, the coaches reiterated to Brees that he was 6-foot and a quarter inch.

Brees, in disgust, shook his head and proceeded to walk out the door.

Yes, he has had skeptics in his past, but those who know o...

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