Am I too skinny to play football?

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  1. reesespiecestennis

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    As the title says, I'm only 6,1 and 160 pounds. I have good hands and am pretty quick and am thinking about playing wide receiver for my varsity team. I'm just scared that I'm not big enough.

    I've worked out every Monday & Wednesday with the team and have improved a lot but I can't see an increase in size. My muscles just get more toned and lean.

    It's sort of a big decision whether to play tennis or football. As I've been kind of burnt out playing tennis and have hit a wall improvement wise. I can't really find enough quality players and don't get enough practice time. As it seems like I'm way behind everyone my age in skills in tennis to be the type of player I want to be.
     
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  2. hollywood9826

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    If you are still in high scholl at 6'1" 160 then that ain't that bad. Iwould say Ideal weight for that height to play football is around 200lbs. Of course Randy moss is 6'4" 210.

    Now if you are playing TE or line You might get pushed around a bit trying to block. But for TE/WR type I dont see that as an issue. If you want to gain the weight you have to eat a heck of alot of food at that age gym alone don't cut it.

    I say football while you have a chance also. after school is over you will never get to experience the sport. Tennis will always be there.
     
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  3. 10s talk

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    What is your bench press ? how big are the other players ?
     
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  4. hollywood9826

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    I was assuming its high school so 16-18. Sounds like you average skinny tall get who hasnt grown into his body yet. And bench press aint that important. he a WR/DB type all he needs is reach and speed in high school.
     
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  5. LanEvo

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    wide reciever from what i can say, maybe TE
     
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  6. crash1929

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    dude you are fine to play football. if you can do it you should play. you will regret it if you don't. when you get older people will look at you differently if they know you played football in high school or college. it says alot.
     
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  7. 120mphBodyServe

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    American football is for blockheads.
    Give it up and take your tennis more seriously.
    Your mind and your joints will thank you for it.

    If you want something more physical take up a martial art...
    I'd suggest Tae Kwon Do...
     
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  8. reesespiecestennis

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    I can deadlift 275, squat 240, and only bench 115. I'll see how I play in flag today.
     
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  9. hankash

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    I played football in high school as well. If you're a wide receiver, you won't be going up against any big corners. We had a lot of skinny wideouts on our team and they were fine. Just need to be sure to protect your body from a big hit.

    On a side note, if you're playing tight end, you may have to gain 30 or so pounds. I was 225 and a tackle at one point, dropped 30 lbs (to my coaches dismay) and moved back to tight end. I was 195, and benching 225 as a tight end, which was alright.

    I would say don't gain weight just for football though. If you're smart, people will be surprised you were a football player, but no one will really care later on. Most of the big guys on my team became fat after high school because they didn't work out anymore afterword and all their muscle became fat.

    If I were in your position, I'd keep at it in tennis, because a college tennis scholarship is a hell of a lot easier to obtain than a football scholarship, and there's nothing like free tuition (especially now). Maybe for tennis you just need to work on your footwork, and if you're working out, and doing everything correctly you will get better.
     
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  10. ag200boy

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    Whats your 40 time?
     
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  11. 120mphBodyServe

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    So, you going to quit football?
     
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    I would just say be careful. If you're in Texas or Florida or Virginia especially. I know a lot of kids who got hurt playing high school football, not paralyzed or anything, but injuries that will stay with them for a long time.
     
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