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Who is the Lightest Player in the NFL?


Among the four major sports in North America, the NFL is well known for its massive players who clash at the line of scrimmage - including the likes of Michael Jasper who clocks in at 374 lbs.

In 2011, the average NFL player weighed 247 lbs making it a league of very powerful, very heavy and very strong men. It definitely doesn't seem like a league for the light. In fact, since 1990 there have only been 21 players that have weighed in at under 165 lbs.

We take a look at the list of lightest players in the NFL:

Who was the lightest player to play in the NFL?

The lightest player to play was Gerald McNeil, a Pro Bowl wide receiver who last played in 1990 for the Houston Oilers.

At 5' 7", he weighed in at a mere 142 lbs. Nicknamed  "The Ice Cube," for his ability to escape the grasps of opponents, McNeil was well known for his punt and kick return abilities and even made the Pro Bowl in 1987.

To put that into perspective, McNeil weighs 232 lbs less than Michael Jasper, which is what QB Vince Young weighs.

Who was the lightest player currently playing in the NFL?

Currently, the award for the lightest player in the NFL is shared by two players - to kickers Patrik Murray and Cairo Santos who both weigh in at 160 pounds.

Here is the list of the 25 lightest players currently in the NFL who have played at least one game (2014 NFL season):


The Under 165 Pound Club (Since 1990)

Player Weight Height Position School Draft Year Overall Draft Pick Drafted By Last Season
Gerald McNeil 142 5' 7" WR Baylor        Undrafted        1990
Tony Jones 145 5' 7" WR Texas 1990 153 Oilers 1993
Mark McMillian 154 5' 7" CB Alabama 1992 272 Eagles 1999
Brandon Banks 155 5' 7" WR Kansas State        Undrafted        2011
Willie Culpepper 155 5' 11" WR Louisiana-Lafayette        Undrafted        1992
Stacey Bailey 158 6' 0" WR San Jose State 1982 63 Falcons 1990
Darvell Huffman 158 5' 8" WR Boston University 1990 232 Colts 1991
Stephen Baker 160 5' 8" WR Fresno State 1987 83 Giants 1992
Lamont Brightful 160 5' 10" CB Eastern Washington 2002 195 Ravens 2004
Josh Jasper 160 5' 11" K LSU        Undrafted        2011
James Milling 160 5' 9" WR Maryland 1988 278 Falcons 1992
Michael Smith 160 5' 8" WR Kansas State        Undrafted        1992
Travis Hannah 161 5' 7" WR USC 1993 102 Oilers 1995
Brian Treggs 161 5' 9" WR California        Undrafted        1992
Leonard Harris 162 5' 8" WR Texas Tech        Undrafted        1994
Marvin Marshall 162 5' 10" WR South Carolina State        Undrafted        1996
Kelvin Martin 162 5' 9" WR Boston College 1987 95 Cowboys 1996
Clarence Verdin 162 5' 8" WR Louisiana-Lafayette        Undrafted        1994
Perry Kemp 163 5' 11" WR California (PA)        Undrafted        1991
Willie Drewrey 164 5' 7" WR West Virginia 1985 281 Oilers 1993
Brian Mitchell 164 5' 9" CB Brigham Young 1991 172 Falcons 1993


Here is a deeper look at some of the lightest players to play the game:

  • 17 of the 22 players are wide receivers.
  • Only one player is 6' feet or taller, with Stacey Bailey being 6' 0"
  • The average draft position, of those drafted, is 175th. 
  • Only 3 players have played into the 2000s, with only Brandon Banks being an active player in the NFL.


If you're interested in finding out who the heaviest players in the NFL are read - Top 5 Heaviest Players in the NFL.



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