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Ltryptophan's avatar

Why isn't football separated into weight classes like boxing?

Asked by Ltryptophan (12091points) November 27th, 2010

At 5’6” I’m a runt. Runt over, if I ever attempted to play football with someone weighing over 250 lbs.

So, why aren’t american football athletes separated into weight classes?

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jlelandg's avatar

it’s a team sport…it is classified at high school-by school size, everywhere else you better be good if you want to play.

As far as being a “runt”, I’ve seen some “runts” be faster or strong-hearted than everyone else. My dad was really small in high school, but managed to be all-district.

theichibun's avatar

With little kids it is separated by size somewhat in some leagues.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

By taking those with the best attributes suited for the game from the populace at large,you’re in effect,making football “everyman’s game”.This doesn’t mean that he who wants it bad enough,could not out perform the most gifted among us. ;)

tedd's avatar

Uhhh, because your size will help make you better for different positions. Line men tend to be very large guys (upper 200’s to mid 300’s), whilst receivers tend to be smaller lankier guys (around 200 max usually, low 200’s in the pros). With linebackers, QB’s, etc in between.

If you split that up you would have a very weird roster.

everephebe's avatar

Better questions:

Why isn’t football called something else? Why isn’t soccer called football?

Why don’t you box or wrestle instead of play football?
Are you sure you’re a runt, how old are you, you could have another growth spurt right?
Ever tried rugby? All the big players are to busy playing football.

wundayatta's avatar

There are 160 pound running backs in the NFL—or there have been recently. Football is a game where there are many roles, and they are played by people of different sizes. It is also a dangerous game. When you have a 300 pound defensive lineman crash down on you, it’ll break your ribs sometimes.

You can play that game, or you can play another game of football that is less serious. Maybe touch football. It’s as much fun, and much less dangerous. If you want to play football by weight classes, then how do you manage the difference in sizes that is necessary for the various roles? Do you want the linemen to be the same weight as the backs? Backs have to run fast; linemen have to block people and hold them up.

I do like @everephebe‘s question. Football is rarely played with feet. It is mostly played with hands. It needs its own name. Where did the term “rugby” come from?

Ltryptophan's avatar

Maybe it is designed for the indenture of unruly behemoths….lol

downtide's avatar

My partner is 5’6” (stocky) and he played wide receiver for the Hamilton Tigercats (CFL) in the mid 1980s.

@everephebe soccer is called football over here (UK). If you ever hear a European person mention football, it’s soccer he’s talking about.

@wundayatta the name Rugby came from the town of Rugby, in the West Midlands, where the game was invented.

everephebe's avatar

@downtide I am well aware, I enjoy football, but I’m not too keen on the game with the same name in the States.

Ofori's avatar

dont know anything on on american football but for soccer it dosent matter the size any one can kick the ball. what matters is the talent i guess

CBrennan15's avatar

Because at the college and professional level, speed can not only make up for size, but can be a huge advantage in a lot of cases. For example, Devin Hester isn’t a big guy by any means, but is the most dangerous return man to ever play the game. Not only can he change a game in the snap of a finger, but he can also effect field position by forcing punters/kickers to keep the ball away from him.

This is just one example of many as to why all players of different sizes are playing together.

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