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Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

Updated October 22, 2019 2.9k votes 283 voters 7.2k views59 items

List RulesVote up the players under 5'10" who best prove good things come in small packages.

Football is a sport famous for its big men putting big hits on their opponents, using their size and strength to overpower other players on the field, which is what makes the shortest current NFL players so impressive. All the smallest football players in the league right now prove how much can be accomplished with quickness, skill, and drive.

Running backs like Devonta Freeman and Jalen Richard have been able to exploit their small stature to sneak through holes and defenses and get into open space where their speed can be useful. While wide receivers tend to be on the taller side, WRs Tavon Austin and Jamison Crowder haven't needed a height advantage to carve out an NFL niche as talented pass catchers.

So who are the best small football players? Who are the shortest players who have accomplished the most with the least? Vote up the players whose skills more than outshine their small size, then head over and check out some more successful short athletes.

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  • 1
    Tyrann Mathieu
    140
    30

    Tyrann Mathieu

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age28

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 2
    Darren Sproles
    108
    37

    Darren Sproles

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaterloo, Iowa

    Age37

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • 3
    Tarik Cohen
    104
    41

    Tarik Cohen

    Running back

    Age25

    TeamsChicago Bears

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • 4
    Mark Ingram, Jr.
    82
    32

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Running back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age30

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 5
    Marquise Brown
    68
    21

    Marquise Brown

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 6
    Aaron Jones
    68
    22

    Aaron Jones

    Running back

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 7
    Phillip Lindsay
    65
    25

    Phillip Lindsay

    Running back

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Age26

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 8
    Devin Singletary
    64
    28

    Devin Singletary

    Running back

    5 feet, 7 inches

  • 9
    Frank Gore
    55
    27

    Frank Gore

    Running back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 10
    Devonta Freeman
    60
    31

    Devonta Freeman

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia

    Age28

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 11
    Marquise Goodwin
    44
    25

    Marquise Goodwin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    Age29

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 12
    Boston Scott
    40
    22

    Boston Scott

    Running back

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • 13
    Cole Beasley
    48
    32

    Cole Beasley

    Wide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 14
    Ryan Switzer
    31
    20

    Ryan Switzer

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 15
    Dion Lewis
    35
    27

    Dion Lewis

    Running back

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York

    Age29

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 16
    Tavon Austin
    28
    20

    Tavon Austin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Age29

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 17
    Lamarcus Joyner
    30
    24

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age29

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles football

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • 18
    Chase Edmonds
    24
    17

    Chase Edmonds

    Running back

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 19
    Taylor Gabriel
    28
    22

    Taylor Gabriel

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 7 inches

  • 20
    Jamison Crowder
    27
    21

    Jamison Crowder

    Wide receiver

    Age27

    TeamsNew York Jets

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 21
    Deonte Harris
    25
    20

    Deonte Harris

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • 22
    Quandre Diggs
    18
    12

    Quandre Diggs

    Cornerback

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 23
    Duke Johnson
    25
    22

    Duke Johnson

    Running back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    TeamsHouston Texans

  • 24
    Ameer Abdullah
    18
    15

    Ameer Abdullah

    Running back

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • 25
    Andy Isabella
    18
    15

    Andy Isabella

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 9 inches