7 Shortest Football Players Currently in the NFL
On the gridiron, short players are known for using speed and agility to leave their bigger counterparts in the dust. Here are the ten shortest athletes active in the NFL today:
7. Doug Martin (5'9") - Buccaneers
The Boise State alum has been a running back for the Buccaneers since 2012. He holds several Tampa Bay franchise records, including longest run (84 yards) and most rushing yards in a single game (251). Martin scored four rushing touchdowns in one half against the Raiders in 2012, tying the NFL record.
6. Brandon Boykin (5'9") - Ravens
Boykins was a star defensive back while at the University of Alabama, earning bowl game MVP honors his senior year. In the NFL he electrified crowds with his dazzling kick returns for the Eagles. After being traded to the Steelers in 2015, his playing time has decreased. He is starting this year on the injured reserve for the Ravens.
5. Cairo Santos (5'8") - Chiefs
Santos, who was born in São Paulo, is the first Brazilian player in the league. Since 2014, he has been a placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2016 he converted 11 of 11 field goals, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
4. Dexter McCluster (5'8") - Chargers
McCluster is a free agent; he signed to the San Diego Chargers in 2016. The 28-year-old running back hails from Largo, Florida. Before his professional career began in 2010, he rushed for 3,685 yards at Ole Miss.
3. Nickell Robey-Coleman (5'8") - Rams
After a successful junior year at USC, Robey-Coleman entered the 2013 Draft and was chosen by the Buffalo Bills. The 25-year-old played four seasons with the Bills. In 2017 he was signed by the Los Angeles Rams.
2. Jacquizz Rodgers (5'6") - Buccaneers
Texas is high school football's kingdom, and Rodgers was its king, racking up a record 135 touchdowns in four years. After a star-studded tenure at Oregon State, the running back was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. He now plays for the Buccaneers.
1. Darren Sproles (5'6") - Eagles
Iowa native "Big Daddy" Sproles set 23 school records at Kansas State University. In 2007 the running back/return specialist became the first ever NFL player to return a kickoff and a punt for his first two touchdowns. He signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016.