The NFL's Most Dominant 300-Pound Stars

Jordan Cohn
July 08, 2020 - 10:21 am

427 of the NFL's some 1,700-players in the 2019-20 season weighed in at over 300 pounds which means that, even in a league which features gargantuan individuals clashing in the trenches on every play, it's still a relatively small portion of players (almost exactly 25% of the league).

But taken out of the NFL context, 300 pounds is a very rare category. A 2007 study from the National Council on Strength and Fitness showed that 3.8 million Americans weighed in at over 300 pounds, and though you can expect that number to be higher -- perhaps by a significant amount -- in 2020, it still represents a very small chunk of the American population (~328 million).

This makes the freakish athleticism, fitness, and talent of the 427 current NFL players in the 300-plus lb. weight bracket all the more impressive. Even hulking beasts like J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald fail to break the 300-lb. marker. And though each and every one of them is truly special for even making it to the NFL, there is a group of players that goes above and beyond.

The following is a list of the most dominant stars that weigh in at over 300 pounds and completely terrorize their opposition. But first, some close calls who are extremely talented, but who didn't quite make the top 12 entering the 2020 season:

- Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (313 lbs.)
- Joe Thuney, New England Patriots (308 lbs.)
- Gerald McCoy, Dallas Cowboys (300 lbs.)
- Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams (330 lbs.)
- Rodney Hudson, Las Vegas Raiders (315 lbs.)
- Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers (304 lbs.)

All statistics/figures retrieved from Pro Football Reference. Players listed by last name.

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