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Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

Updated October 22, 2019 3.4k votes 351 voters 9.5k 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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  • Tyrann Mathieu1
    183
    40

    Tyrann Mathieu

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age23

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Darren Sproles2
    133
    44

    Darren Sproles

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaterloo, Iowa

    Age37

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • Aaron Jones3
    94
    25

    Aaron Jones

    Running back

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Tarik Cohen4
    117
    45

    Tarik Cohen

    Running back

    Age25

    TeamsChicago Bears

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • Mark Ingram, Jr.5
    97
    33

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Running back

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    Age30

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Marquise Brown6
    88
    26

    Marquise Brown

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Phillip Lindsay7
    78
    29

    Phillip Lindsay

    Running back

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Age26

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Frank Gore8
    72
    28

    Frank Gore

    Running back

    BirthplaceCoconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

    Age32

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Devin Singletary9
    76
    33

    Devin Singletary

    Running back

    5 feet, 7 inches

  • Devonta Freeman10
    69
    37

    Devonta Freeman

    Running back

    Age23

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Cole Beasley11
    61
    34

    Cole Beasley

    Wide receiver

    Age31

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Marquise Goodwin12
    52
    30

    Marquise Goodwin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    Age29

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Boston Scott13
    44
    27

    Boston Scott

    Running back

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • Jamison Crowder14
    39
    22

    Jamison Crowder

    Wide receiver

    Age27

    TeamsNew York Jets

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Deonte Harris15
    35
    21

    Deonte Harris

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 6 inches

  • Tavon Austin16
    35
    22

    Tavon Austin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Age29

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Dion Lewis17
    40
    28

    Dion Lewis

    Running back

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York

    Age29

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Ryan Switzer18
    33
    24

    Ryan Switzer

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Lamarcus Joyner19
    34
    27

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age29

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles football

    5 feet, 8 inches

  • Chase Edmonds20
    27
    19

    Chase Edmonds

    Running back

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Nyheim Hines21
    26
    19

    Nyheim Hines

    Running back

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Taylor Gabriel22
    31
    25

    Taylor Gabriel

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 7 inches

  • Andy Isabella23
    23
    17

    Andy Isabella

    Wide receiver

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Giovani Bernard24
    25
    20

    Giovani Bernard

    Running back

    BirthplaceDavie, Florida

    Age28

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, North Carolina Tar Heels football

    5 feet, 9 inches

  • Chris Thompson25
    23
    20

    Chris Thompson

    Running back

    BirthplaceGreenville, Florida

    Age29

    TeamsWashington Redskins

    5 feet, 8 inches