Top 20 Tallest NFL Players of All Time
When you’re watching the game and there’s a great pass made, or a crazy interception you never saw coming from a tall player, only naturally wonders out loud, “Dude, how tall is he?“, or “I wonder how tall I would like in front of him”.
No need to flock to Google on this one, we’ve got the 20 tallest NFL players of all time lined up for you.
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Now, let’s get our heads in the game and take a look at these tall fellas.
20. Brandon Jacobs 6’4” (193 cm)
Starting at the grand height of 6’4” we have former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. Not only did he and his teammates win 2 Super Bowls, but he is also extraordinarily fast. Jacobs has been recorded to have run 100 meters in a mere 10.82 seconds, along with a mind-blowing 21. 59 seconds to run 200 meters. Blink too long and you may just miss him!
Date of Birth: July 6, 1982
Position/Team: Running Back (New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers)
Height: 6’4” (193 cm)
Weight: 269 lbs
19. Bert Coan 6’5’’ (195.6 cm)
Born Elroy Bert Coan III, this gentleman was also quite the speedster. Running a 100-yard dash in a whooping 9.4 seconds. Wouldn’t it be a sight to see Coan and Jacobs have a friendly footrace; you wouldn’t want to miss that!
In Coan’s NFL career, he played 72 games and completed with 19 touchdowns.
Date of Birth: July 2, 1940
Position/Team: Halfback (San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs)
Height: 6’5’’ (195.6 cm)
Weight: 230 lbs
18. Brandon Fields 6’5’’ (196 cm)
Michigan born Brandon Fields stands at 6’5” tall and had a 9-season long NFL career. Majority of his career was spent with the Miami Dolphins, but he did play for the New Orleans Saints as well.
In his exciting rookie season of 16 games, he punted for each and every one of them. Averaging 43.2 yards out of the 77 punts he delivered.
Date of Birth: May 21, 1984
Position/Team: Punter (Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints)
Weight: 249 lbs
17. Pat Watkins 6’5” (196 cm)
Standing at 6’5” is Pat Watkins, a former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers. Watkins had quite the rookie year with the Cowboys, notably he got 3 interceptions which during that time was ranked second within the NFL rookies.
Later in his career (2007, vs. Minnesota Vikings) he also got a touchdown after returning a blocked field goal from 68 yards.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1982
Position/Team: Safety (Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers)
Weight: 211 lbs
16. Sav Rocca 6’5” (196 cm)
Australian born Sav Rocca is next up on our list, standing at 6’5”. Rocca started out his professional career in football playing as a full forward and half-forward in Australian football and made his way over to the NFL as a punter in 2007.
He actually gained the title of the oldest rookie in NFL history, entering the field at 33 years old.
Date of Birth: 20 November 1973
Position/Team: Punter (Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team)
Weight: 265 lbs
15. Pat McInally 6’6” (198.1 cm)
Born John Patrick McInally, or as fans know him “Pat” was a punter and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals his entire NFL career.
Recorded in 1981 McInally holds the remarkable accomplishment of being the 1st Harvard graduate to play in both the NFL Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. And of course this Harvard grad also holds the only recorded perfect score for the Wonderlic Test; an intelligence test NFL players are to take.
Date of Birth: May 7, 1953
Position/Team: Punter, wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
Weight: 210 lbs
14. Neil O’Donoghue 6’6” (198.1 cm)
Get ready for the awesomely wild inspiration that is 6’6” Neil O’Donoghue. Born and raised in Ireland, O’Donoghue grew up playing and loving sports. When O’Donoghue came to the US he surprisingly enough came to play soccer on a scholarship for Saint Bernard College. When the soccer program unexpectedly closed, O’Donoghue decided to pursue football as a placekicker after his intensive research of watching 3 football games. Talk about a natural kicker!
O’Donoghue also holds the renowned title of tallest NFL kicker in history.
Date of Birth: 18 January 1953
Position/Team: Placekicker (Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Cardinals)
Weight: 208 lbs
13. Robert Gallery 6’7” (201 cm)
Robert Gallery, coming in at 6’7”, is a recognized All-American offensive guard who played for the Oakland Raiders for the majority of his NFL career but also played for the Seattle Seahawks for a season. Not only is the recognition of All-American a big honor in football, but just to beef up his abilities in the game he played a total of 104 games and started in 103 of them. Pretty good track record!
Date of Birth: July 26, 1980
Position/Team: Offensive guard (Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks)
Weight: 325 lbs
12. Ted Hendricks 6’7” (201 cm)
Next up we have Ted Hendricks who is marked at 6’7”. Hendricks has not only been a part of four teams that won the Super Bowl, but he is also the very first Guatemalan-born NFL player. Hendricks has also been granted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well s the College Football Hall of Fame. He definitely puts the Pro in Professional football.
Date of Birth: November 1, 1947
Position/Team: Outside linebacker (Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders)
Weight: 220 lbs
11. Jared Veldheer 6’8” (203 cm)
Beginning our short streak of 6’8” NFL players is Jared Veldheer. Veldheer experienced the football player life on several different teams, and actually playing for the Green Bay Packers in two separate seasons in his career.
Towards the end of Veldheer’s career, after having a repeated change of heart in retiring from the NFL, he was suspended for 6 games for disobeying the performance-enhancing drug policy.
Date of Birth: June 14, 1987
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers)
Weight: 321 lbs
10. Harold Carmichael 6’8” (203 cm)
Pro Football Hall of Famer himself Harold Carmichael stood at a grand 6’8” tall, and many teammates, fans, and spectators would go on to call him a grand leader as well. For in his 14-year NFL career, mainly playing alongside his Philadelphia Eagles teammates, he became a driving force of getting the Eagles their first stop to the Super Bowl. He also went on to earn the exceptional total of 590 receptions, and 8,985 receiving yards. Those numbers don’t even seem fathomable they’re so impressive!
Date of Birth: September 22, 1949
Position/Team: Wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys)
Weight: 225 lbs
9. Stone Forsythe 6’8” (203.2 cm)
An active player in the NFL, Stone Forsythe is on offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks and stands at 6’8”. Growing up with a father who also loved football and played in both college and pro (Ray Forsythe, Cincinnati Bengals, Amsterdam Admirals, and the Orlando Predators) it’s no wonder he found a knack for the sport himself.
In May of 2021 Forsythe signed a four-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks after playing college football in his home state of Florida. We’ll be looking out to see how this rising star’s football career unfolds!
Date of Birth: December 29, 1997
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
Weight: 307 lbs
8. Dan McGwire 6’8” (203.2 cm)
California born Dan McGwire stared as a Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and in that first season he was the tallest player in that position. Sports also seemed to pump through the McGwire family’s genes, as McGwire’s brother Mark McGwire was a Major League Baseball player. And although Dan McGwire’s NFL career may not have been the statistic racking up that he may have wanted, he can be proud of his daughters who went on to become successful basketball players for Santa Clara, Oregon, and Boise State.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1967
Position/Team: Quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins)
7. Alejandro Villanueva 6’9” (206 cm)
Did you know that Alejandro Villanueva is not only super tall (6’9”, can you imagine standing next to this guy?) but he also served and played football for the Army?
That’s correct, Villanueva played for the Army Black Knights for college football and reached the rank of Captain during his service. Along with that amazing accomplishment, he also earned a Bronze Star, and served 3 tours in Afghanistan.
Villanueva started his NFL career in 2014 and is still going strong, now playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
Date of Birth: September 22, 1988
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens)
Weight: 320 lbs
6. Demar Dotson 6’9” (206 cm)
Demar Dotson, standing at 6’9”, began his NFL career playing for the Buccaneers as a right tackle in 2012. Dotson stuck with the Buccaneers until around 2019, and in 2020 he played a bit for the Denver Broncos.
This hardworking tackler has played 138 games and started in 114 of them.
Date of Birth: October 11, 1985
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos)
Weight: 315 lbs
5. Jonathan Ogden 6’9” (206 cm)
Coming in at 5 on the list is Jonathan Ogden, and this is one valuable player. After playing college football for UCLA Bruins, he went on to join the Baltimore Ravens and that is where he remained and thrived for his whole NFL career. Talk about a team player! In 2001 Ogden and his fellow Ravens teammates won the Super Bowl, and he was the first NFL player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame who spent their entire career with the Baltimore Ravens.
Date of Birth: July 31, 1974
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens)
Weight: 345 lbs
4. Ed Jones 6’9” (206 cm)
Ed Jones, or as many call him by his famous nickname “Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones” received this catchy and accurate name after one of his early college football practices when his uniform pants didn’t fit quite right, and a teammate pointed this out by saying “you’re too tall to play football”. Boy if that teammate could have seen the future!
Within Jones NFL career he played as a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, and in 1977 he and his teammates won the Super Bowl. Jones also attempted a boxing career in the middle of his adult life, but ultimately decided to return to football and claimed in the end it made him a better football player in the long run.
Date of Birth: February 23, 1951
Position/Team: Defensive end
Weight: 271 lbs
3. Dan Skipper 6’10” (208 cm)
Coming in 3rd on our list is tall and mighty, 6’10”, Dan Skipper. Skipper has been under the stadium lights since high school football where he played exceptionally well, leading him into college football in Arkansas, and ultimately the NFL.
Skipper has actively played as an offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans, but is currently playing for the Lions. Although, in 2019 he was on the practice squad for the New England Patriots whom won the Super Bowl that year.
Date of Birth: September 20, 1994
Position/Team: Offensive tackle (Detroit Lions)
2. Morris Stroud 6’10” (208.3 cm)
Second on our list is the excellent football player Morris Stroud, who stood at the large height of 6’10”. You’d want him shopping with you when you can’t reach something off that top shelf.
In Stroud’s NFL career he played 69 games, starting in 49 of them, he had 977 receiving yards, 54 receptions, and he is widely known as the tallest tight end, and the second tallest player, in NFL’s history.
Date of Birth: May 17, 1946
Position/Team: Tight end (Kansas City Chiefs)
Weight: 255 lbs
1. Richard Sligh 7’2” (218.4 cm)
Finally standing in the number 1 slot for tallest football player of all time is none other than Richard Sligh himself, towering at 7’2”. That’s insanely incredible, could you even imagine the joyride of watching a football player that tall on the field?
Even though Sligh only played in 8 games, he made an extraordinary impact as he still holds the title of the tallest NFL football player of all time. And not only was he good on the field, he made his time count in the classroom as he made the Dean’s List in college at North Carolina Central University.
Date of Birth: August 18, 1944
Position/Team: Defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
Weight: (Not documented)
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