Heights and weights of professional athletes

  1. A few years ago, using sports cards and internet websites for my sources on heights and weights, I calculated the average height and weight of athletes from several sports.

    In Major League Baseball and the NHL, the average player is exactly 6'1" and approximately 200 pounds (The average weight for the MLB and the NHL were both somewhere between 197 lbs and 203 lbs.).

    The average NFL player is exactly 6'1" and weighs exactly 240 pounds.

    The average NBA player is 6'7", but I didn't calculate the weight of NBA players.

    The average heavyweight champion of the world in boxing was 6'2" and a half, but I didn't calculate their average weight.

    I thought it was interesting that the average player in three out of the four major sports (NFL, MLB, and NHL) was exactly 6'1". I was a little bit surprised that the average NFL player was not taller than the average MLB or NHL player. And I was surprised by how much the average NHL player weighed. I was expecting NHL player to average around 185-190 pounds. I thought speed was more important than strength in the NHL, and I thought that, consequently, NHL players would be so lean that they would weigh less than 200 pounds.

    I am only 5'1".
     
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  3. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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    Reads just like the kind of thing someone with Short Person Syndrome would write.

    Ah.
     
  4. I don't think so. I don't think you would have wrote this if I didn't "admit" that I'm only 5'1".
     
  5. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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    Haha, possibly so!
     
  6. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,266
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    So, how tall are you, Brewie? :biggrin:

    I'm just laughing that the OP is by the same person who was puzzled why teens have nothing better to do than stand around talking to each other, yet he seems to have had nothing better to do than sit around figuring out the average height and weight of players of various pro sports. :rofl:
     
  7. Moonbear,

    It only took about fifteen or twenty minutes to "figure out the average height and weight of players of various pro sports", but teenagers stand around talking to each other for hours at a time.
     
  8. What are the average height and weight of a PF moderator, vs the averages of other forums ? What are the average height and weight of a Nobel prize, vs the averages of a Field medal ? Where should Ed Witten count in this comparison ?
     
  9. BobG

    BobG 2,346
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    Um, :uhh: and there's a problem with that? OK, admittedly, this is the opinion of someone who actually knew most of that stuff I wrote about surviving plane crashes long before it came up in PF, but I don't see anything strange about figuring out the average height and weight of professional athletes.

    Even the skill players in the NHL have to fight through body checks, so their size shouldn't be that surprising once you think about it. Speed is important (it's the v^2 part of kinetic energy), but mass plays a part in the equation, as well. The goalies are usually the lightest players on the team. They're the only ones that don't run into other players.
     
  10. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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    I'm the average height for a British male, ok?!
     
  11. What's wrong with talking to someone for hours? It's called communication.
     
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