Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
6'2" 200 lbs. (his playing weight) absolutely is "tall" and big bodied. It's bigger than average. The average American male is 5'9" - 5'10"ish. A lot of DB's in that era and today are around 5'10" 180 lbs. Leaving him significantly bigger than his average opponent. He played before the Richard Sherman Seattle DB type was in vogue. Now people look for 6'3" - 6'4" safetys and corners. That wasn't always the case.
The average American male? First of all, America is a multi-cultural/ethnic country. It consists of statuesque Scandinavians and short Asians, large bodied Africans and small boned Europeans etc etc... So getting the height/weight of an "average" American isn't really accurate. Also, the average American male does not play Football. We are comparing wide receivers with wide receivers, not stock brokers.
That's like saying an NBA player is "tall" just because he's 6'3"....in the NBA he's a point guard, the smallest position on the court!
I'm 6'4", the tallest in my workplace and family but when I step on a basketball court, guys tower over me.
Jerry Rice played at 200, that's true up until 1995. He lost 15 pounds because he wanted to get faster and never put back on the weight. His playing weight from 1996-2005 was 196 lbs. or less. Standing beside Tim Brown (who is 6'1"), Rice barely is much taller.
I'm not trying to nitpick but if you think Jerry Rice was a "big" receiver, you're kidding yourself. If that's the case, so is Crabtree.
Jerry himself said in his recent Football Life documentary "I was always a skinny guy so I had to make sure I took care of my body"
[ Edited by SaksV on Feb 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM ]