I was at a sports medicine conference in Mission Valley, San Diego, Ca. in the 80’s and I sat with two professional football players—Rolf Benirschke and Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers. Now, I’m 5’ 8” and weighed about 160 pounds at that time. When I stood next to these two guys, I was dwarfed beyond belief.
Shaking hands with them was another startling experience. To say the least, their hands were huge, and for my size I have a medium-large hand. I was amazed; and Rolf was an extra point/field goal kicker!
I once saw Louie Kelcher of the Chargers shake hands with a friend who had a can of beer in his hand. Louie’s hand buried this guy’s hand and the beer can! I used to work with Mike Douglas of the Green Bay Packers at Family Fitness (24 Hour Fitness now). He’s 5’11” with bones like tire irons or steel girders. His feet made my feet look like they belonged to a dwarf. He had just 3 inches on me, but probably 60-70 pounds more weight!
I have stood on the field with college and pro athletes in various sports and I am telling you folks they are behemoths! Wanting to be a pro athlete is one thing, but wishing one’s DNA was pro athlete material is another story. Getting on the field with professional athletes and competing at that level is challenging to say the least, let alone competing with athletes that big. Even the female athletes who are pros are large-boned, bigger people than the norm.
Now, of course there are exceptions, but they are far and few between. Certainly, any of these professional athletes are generally good looking people who often do the same jobs we ordinary people do too.
However for most of us, if you want to compete at the professional level because of your abilities, you might want to pick a sport where body types and sizes are neutralized. I’ll let you figure that out.For most of us diminutive-sized folks who love sports, we try to get one-up on our family, friends, and park buddies without getting killed.
Yours in safety, Daryl Lassen, SAI