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Daily Madden: Can You Be Too Big For The NFL?

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (C) #7 of the San Francisco 49ers calls a play in the huddle against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (C) #7 of the San Francisco 49ers calls a play in the huddle against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The St. Louis Rams signed Terrell Brown, a 6’10” 403-pound undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss.

“They just moved him from defense to offense, and my guess would be his next move will be off the team,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “We always talked over the years about how guys can be too small to play… I think the same thing about too big. I think that you can get too big where you just can’t do things quickly enough, things that you have to do.”

Who was the biggest star player in the NFL?

“That’s Larry Allen,” Madden said. “Larry Allen was one of the best guards to ever play in the history of the National Football League. And Larry was celebrated for weighing 330, 335, 340. That was what he played at. He could run, he could move, he had great feet. He was the strongest guy in the NFL.”

Even Allen was considered too big by some before he proved himself.

“There was a time — I remember when I was coaching – that you couldn’t be over 300. Remember Bubba Paris? He was always 299. Remember Art Shell? 299. Any of those that their program weight was 299, they were over 300. But back in the day, you didn’t think you could play at over 300 pounds.”

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III thanked fans for sending him wedding gifts when the couple’s registry information was published in the Washington Post. After he was criticized for receiving the gifts, he made it clear he hadn’t asked for anything.

“I don’t think he needs it. And I don’t think he wants it either. I think he’s getting a bum rap,” Madden said. “Just knowing him a little, I think it probably embarrasses him… Sometimes in life you’re not bothering anyone — you know, ‘I’m not bothering anyone, I’m just here’ — and stuff starts floating around you. That’s like RG III. He’s not bothering anyone.” (7:55)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

 

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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