There is no question that over time players in the NFL have gotten a lot bigger in size. In fact, according to a Scripps Howard study, the average weight in the NFL has grown at 10% per year since 1985.
In the 2015 NFL season, of the 1,746 active NFL players, the average weight was 246 pounds. There are a total of 403 players that weighed in at or over 300 pounds and a total of 5 players over the 350 pound mark.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Heaviest Players in the NFL.
Top 5 Heaviest Players in the NFL - 2015 NFL Season
1) T.J. Barnes DT New York Jets 364 lbs
2) John Jenkins DT New Orleans Saints 359 lbs
3) Trenton Brown G San Francisco 49ers 355 lbs
4) Terrance Knighton NT Washington Redskins 354 lbs
5) Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers 352 lbs
The heaviest player in NFL history was Aaron Gibson who weighed in at 410 lbs while playing offensive linemen for Lions, Cowboys, Bears and Bills over his five season career. Interestingly, he weighed 440 lbs in high school.
One of the most famous big men in the NFL is Denver Broncos Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton who weighs in at 335 pounds but has a prominent role on the defense of the team that has made it to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Here is a list of the active NFL players that weigh in at over 330 pounds:
And if you were wondering, the lightest player in the NFL weighs only 44% of the weight of the heaviest player (T.J. Barnes).
Lightest NFL Players:
J.J. Nelson and Cairo Santos - 160 lbs
Want to see the full list of lightest NFL players, including, one player that weighs just 142 lbs - read Who is the Lightest NFL Player?
Size Trend Continue?
These are some big men playing the game and just as impressive as their size is their ability to play the NFL game at these sizes.
It's unlikely that the size trend will continue as we'd see the 247 lbs average weight balloon to 640 lbs in 2021. But we will likely still see some movement higher in the average weight.
More Size Related NFL Articles:
- Who are the Shortest Players in the NFL?
- Who Are The Tallest Players in The NFL?
- What is the Average BMI in the NFL?
Note: The data in this article looks at only Active players as of the 2015 NFL Season.