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What is Tom Brady’s Hand Size? And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Since hand sizes may seem important in football, I bet you’re wondering what the G.O.A.T Tom Brady’s hand size is. Tom Brady’s handspan measures 9.38 inches, which is just the average hand size for his height. 

With the position of Quarterback from Michigan, Draft Class 2000, Draft age of 22.8—he has a height of 76.4 inches, weight of 211 pounds, BMI of 26.03, and an arm length of 32.75 inches. 

Though Brady’s hands are not the largest ever brought in by the Patriots through a rookie signing, they are still noticeably bigger than others—like Kingsbury’s or O’Connell’s.

“You look at the pictures of Tommy holding a football, part of his accuracy is based on his hand size. So things like that, in terms of measurements, they have value.”

– Pioli

NFL Quarterback Players With the Smallest Hands Ever Measured

Doug Hudson; Hand Size: 7.25 inches

Former Kansas City Chiefs player Doug Hudson, is known to have the smallest hands measured of any NFL quarterback. Even though he stands at 6’2”, his hands are surprisingly small with a measurement of 7.25 inches. More so when compared to Russell Wilson who stands three inches shorter than Doug Hudson, who has a handspan of 10.25 inches.

Michael Vick; Hand Size: 8.50 inches

Michael Vick—former Virginia Tech, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles star—is the only top quarterback taken since 2000 with a hand size smaller than the Tigers’ National Champion, Joe Burrow. Vick also won an ESPY award for best NFL Player in 2003 by ESPN voters. His success would be greatly rewarded with a ten-year, $130 million dollar contract in January of 2005. Who says having small hands can’t get you big money? 

Joe Burrow; Hand Size: 9 inches

When the Tigers went 15-0—in his historic 2019 season at LSU—and dominated en route to the College Football Playoff national championship, it was known to be Burrow’s historic 2019 season at LSU.[1] It’s a telltale of why he is considered the likely choice for the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick.

Below is a list of some of the NFL quarterbacks with the smallest hands:

  • Brandon Allen has a handspan of 8.88”, while standing 6’2”.
  • Charlie Frye stands at 6’4″ with a handspan of 8.88”.
  • Tommy Hodson has a handspan of 8.88” with a height 6’3”.
  • Shane Matthews also has a handspan of 8.88”, while having a height of 6’3”.
  • Steve Matthews, same with Tommy Hodson and Shane Matthews, stands at 6’3” with a handspan of 8.88”.
  • Kevin O’Connell, with a height of 6’5”, has a handspan of 8.88”.
  • John Friesz has a handspan of 8.75”, while standing 6’4”.
  • Mike Perez, standing 6’1”, has a handspan of 8.75”.
  • T.J. Rubley has a handspan of 8.75”, while having a height of 6’3”.
  • Tonny Sacca is 6’5” in height, with 8.75” handspan.
  • Tyler Wilson is standing 6’2” with a hand measurement of 8.68”.
  • Jeff Blake stands at 6’1” with a handspan of 8.50”.
  • John David Booty has a hand measurement of 8.50”, while having a height of 6’2”.
  • Kliff Kingsbury stands at 6’3” with a handspan of 8.50”.

Players in quarterback that have small hands doesn’t mean they can’t be great. For instance, Michael Vick has shown that despite having small hands, one can do great in the NFL.

Below is a list of NFL quarterbacks with the largest hands ever measured:

  • Andrew Luck; Hand Size: 10.00 inches
  • Matthew Stafford; Hand Size: 10.00 inches
  • Carson Wentz; Hand Size: 10.00 inches
  • Peyton Manning; Hand Size: 10.13 inches
  • Gardner Minshew; Hand Size: 10.13 inches
  • Tim Tebow; Hand Size: 10.13 inches
  • Drew Brees; Hand Size: 10.25 inches
  • Russell Wilson; Hand Size: 10.25 inches
  • Brett Favre; Hand Size: 10.38 inches
  • Steve McNair; Hand Size: 10.50 inches
  • Mark Sanchez; Hand Size: 10.50 inches
  • Nick Foles; Hand Size: 10.63 inches
  • Heath Shuler; Hand Size: 10.63 inches
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick; Hand Size: 10.75 inches
  • Cody Kessler; Hand Size: 10.88 inches
  • Dak Prescott; Hand Size: 10.88 inches
  • Jim Druckenmiller; Hand Size: 11.25 inches

Final Words

Hand size has recently become one of the most considered factors when it comes to comparing draft prospects.[2] This measurement is often discussed, especially when it comes to choosing players for the quarterback position.

Although there appears to be a significantly better chance for a quarterback with large hands to succeed in the NFL, players with small hands still have an equal potential to succeed if they put in a lot of extra hard work. 

What do you think? Does hand size really matter to make a name in this sport? We’d love to hear your thoughts and comment on this article.

Resources:

  1. Retrieved from https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/redskins/joe-burrow-has-small-hands-and-big-sense-humor
  2. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/feb/25/joe-burrow-hand-size-nfl-quarterbacks
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