Football Player Question

Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by Ali4Real, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Ali4Real

    Ali4Real Guest

    Why are players "bigger" now then they were before. For example, I was looking at the weight and height of the Junction Boys in the 1950s (I think) and these guys were not that big, so why is that?

    Here's what I mean:

    Ray Barrett - G 5-9 195 Sr. San Angelo, Texas
    Darrell Brown - T 6-1 190 Soph. Dayton, Texas
    James Burkhart - G 6-1 185 Soph. Hamlin, Texas
    Donald Bullock - HB 5-11 165 Soph. Orange, Texas
    Henry Clark - T 6-2 205 Jr. Mesquite, Texas
    Bob Easley - FB 5-11 190 Jr. Houston, Texas
    Dennis Goehring - G 5-11 185 Soph. San Marcos, Texas
    Billy Granberry - FB 5-7 155 Soph. Beeville, Texas
    Lloyd Hale - C 5-10 190 Soph. Iraan, Texas
    Charles Hall - HB 5-10 185 Sr. Dallas, Texas
    Gene Henderson - QB 6-1 175 Jr. Sonora, Texas
    Billy Huddleston - HB 5-9 165 Jr. Iraan, Texas
    George Johnson - T 6-3 200 Jr. Ellisville, Mississippi
    Don Kachtik - FB 6-1 185 Sr. Rio Hondo, Texas
    Bobby D. Keith - HB 6-0 175 Soph. Breckenridge, Texas
    Paul Kennon - E 6-1 185 Sr, Shreveport, Louisiana
    Elwood Kettler - QB 6-0 165 Sr. Brenham, Texas
    Bobby Lockett - T 6-3 190 Soph. Breckenridge, Texas
    Billy McGowan - E 6-1 180 Sr. Silsbee, Texas
    Russell Moake - C 6-3 215 Soph. Deer Park, Texas
    Norbert Ohlendorf - T 6-3 200 Sr. Lockhart, Texas
    Jack Pardee - FB 6-2 200 Soph. Christoval, Texas
    Dee Powell - T 6-1 210 Sr. Lockhart, Texas
    Donald Robbins - E 6-1 188 Jr. Breckenridge, Texas
    Joe Schero - HB 6-0 175 Sr. San Antonio, Texas
    Bill Schroeder - T 6-1 200 Sr. Lockhart, Texas
    Charles Scott - QB 5-8 160 Soph. Alexandria, Louisiana
    Bennie Sinclair - E 6-2 195 Sr. Mineola, Texas
    Gene Stallings - E 6-1 165 Soph. Paris, Texas
    Troy Summerlin - C 5-8 145 Soph. Shreveport, Louisiana
    Marvin Tate - G 6-0 175 Sr. Abilene, Texas
    Sid Theriot - G 5-10 195 Sr. Gibson, Louisiana
    Richard Vick - FB 6-1 185 Sr. Beaumont, Texas
    Don Watson - HB 5-11 155 Soph. Franklin, Texas
    Lawrence Winkler - T 6-0 225 Sr. Temple, Texas
    Herb Wolf - C 5-11 185 Jr. Houston, Texas
    Nick Tyson- WR 6-1 181 JR. Norman, Oklahoma

    Most of these guys are "small" for their position as compared to what players nowadays are, so why is that?



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  2. Vinny

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    nutrition, weight training is now a science, and wide spread visibility of the league combined with the popularity of the league. There just wasn't much incentive to play football back in the 50's unless you loved the sport so you attracted average joes who loved the game. Today, you just have to look at the money and if you are physically gifted you don't have to love the sport to have a reason to play.
     
  3. Ole Miss Texan

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    I think football is a lot more widespread than it was 50 years ago. There are tons of more high school and college programs as well. More people going to school, more people playing football, quite frankly, more people interested/wanting to play football, etc.

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    Very well put Vinny... That about sums it up.

    At the same time, people are living longer too. So education about health and today's medical advancements contribute as well....
     
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  8. Vinny

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    I know you have been around long enough to meet ex-players who used to be 300 pounds (260-280 pounders who are bulked up thru nutrition and weight training - or something along these lines) but weigh considerably less years after getting out of the game after eating and training differently than they did in their days as an athlete.
     


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    PEOPLE are bigger then ever before, ever been to england and seen the armor, we have gotten taller and taller over the years of our exhistance, I bet Jesus was 5 feet tall....
     
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