NFL Census: Data on Players’ Race, Weight & Height



With thanks to Andrew Powell-Morse, the head of data analysis and editorial content at, the following are some selected stats and numbers you’ll find in the 2nd Annual NFL Players Census.

1. Offensive Tackles Occupy the Top Spot for Average Height of NFL Positions



OTs average just under 6’6″. Second are tight ends at 6’4.5″. The shortest players are running backs, who average just under 5’11”.

2. The Heaviest Players are Nose Tackles, Topping the Scales at an Average of 322 Pounds



Second are offensive tackles at 315 and offensive guards at 314. The lightest players are cornerbacks at 194.

3. The Indianapolis Colts are the NFL’s Heaviest Team with an Average Weight of 256 Pounds



The Colts are three pounds heavier than their closest competitor, the Arizona Cardinals. Lightest team? The Cleveland Browns at 242.

4. The NFL’s Tallest Team is the Arizona Cardinals at 6’2.5″



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the shortest team at 6’1″.

5. More Than 2/3 (68 percent) of NFL Players are African-American



White players account for 27.7 percent of the NFL rosters.

6. There Are 6 Positions Where There Are More White Than Black Players



Those positions are center, placekicker, long snapper, punter, quarterback and tight end. Of the 175 cornerbacks in the league, 170 are black. At running back, 107 of the 120 players are African-American.

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  1. I’m really tired of these black’s complaining about they have no place in this world when like you say two thirds of the player’s are black in the game, and ironically enough commentators coaches excetera excetera and even in the real world most of them are black now!!! Oh and also for those of you who read this if you blacks look at your history it’s the Spaniards and your black African ancestors that sold you!!!

      • As far as the AIDS go I believe that were the Europeans conducting research in the Congo of Africa on apes. They also experimented with human subjects who obviously were going to be black cause they were in the Congo of Africa. AIDS is a man-made disease. Scientist in history had no idea that this would happen and they did have the technology to contain that disease. Thanks to a European scientist who was dutch we have AIDS (I’m being sarcastic). It’s a tragedy.

    • You must do a lot of research 👏 👏 let me ask you a couple of questions do you think every African Amerivan wants to play sports? Or even has a passion for sports ?.. As far as no place in this world, I’m not going to totally agree with that but they are a people who were and continually are being oppressed to this day. If you did your research right you would know that there are different tribes in Africa like their are different kinds of white for ex. Irish, French, German, etc… So with that being said that those ancestors weren’t ancestors just because they were African they were slave trappers and they were from different tribes. They would go to other tribes and capture the tribesmen and give them to the Spaniards, French, and British who all had great colonies back then. I would continue but I would only prove how someone like you who post on sites like these are ignorant and don’t know anything about history but who claim to do false research. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BUDDY but it’s your opinion and you’re entitled to have your own opinion 👍👌

      • There is no way theyre being oppressed I happen to think blacks today live a pretty charmed life. Whites have all the same problems that blacks do.

      • Hey I’m white. When you say “you whites” that’s just being ignorant yourself. I personally didn’t flash any money or condone slavery, nor did my parents or my grandparents. Let’s get over it!!!

      • Those ancestors of whom you speak that were the biggest slave dealers and owners were Jewish and not WHITE, my friend. Jews own the majority of the NFL franchises and almost ALL of the Corporate Sponsorship. Until you unlearn your propaganda history of America and find the truth in the facts, you will be right where the Jews want you. – Hating blacks. The Jews love to cause chaos and division amongst peoples. That is what gives them the advantage. That is what their sinister history reveals amongst the myriad of other terrible qualities.

  2. Stop fighting about whites doing this and blacks doing that. I’m mixed (white and black) but I just call myself black because I’m closer to being black than white. And I really don’t like it when people say that blacks have everything well news flash we don’t there are still racist people in this world. And also stop saying that whites have all the same problems blacks do because they really don’t. Whites have better lives than blacks. These are just SOME examples of how whites have better lives: People don’t see you as a threat, you’re seen everywhere: Magazines, TV shows, movies, books, video games, art, etc. The list could go on and on. And another thing whites are automatically seen as nice, smart, and pretty but blacks are seen as criminals, threats, and mean. What a sad world we live in…

    • There are more important issues to worry about. Similar to not liking a gray car vs. a blue one. who cares? They have engines, tires, a steering wheel, and etc. Same thing but a different color. Whoop d Doo!!