20 Tallest NFL Players in History and Their Football Positions

Generally speaking, the height of an athlete can make a big difference in sports, and it has always been a relevant factor as it can influence performance. From soccer to boxing, basketball, baseball, and American football, athletes’ heights have always been a noteworthy attribute.

For American football, being short or tall can be of advantage or disadvantage depending on the position being played by the player. While running backs are preferred to be short to evade tackles easily, offensive and defensive linemen are desired to be massive and taller than 6 feet to stretch out and stop passes easily. Also, tall wide receivers have the reach advantage over short defensive backs, and being tall can be an advantage to a quarterback.

With all this considered, it is not surprising to see that the average height of players in the NFL is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m). However, Richard Sligh, who occupies the top spot as the tallest NFL player in history, is 7 feet (213 cm) tall.

Heights of The Top 20 Tallest NFL Players

1. Richard Sligh

  • Height: 7 feet (213 cm)
  • Date of Birth: August 18, 1944
  • Died On: December 23, 2008
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Teams: Oakland Raiders

Richard Ellis Sligh remains the tallest person ever to play professional American football. A citizen of the United States of America, Sligh was born on the 18th of August 1944 in Newberry, South Carolina. Also raised there, he acquired his high school education from Newberry High School and thereafter proceeded to the North Carolina Central University in Durham where he played baseball and majored in biology with a minor in chemistry; this was from 1962 to 1966. It is said that Richard was a bright student and probably only got involved in sports because of his height. He is mostly known for his massive height and his college career.

Sligh played as a defensive tackle in the American Football League for the Oakland Raiders but his professional career was a brief one. He was picked in the tenth round of the NFL/AFL Draft as the 253rd player and only got to play eight games in his professional career. He was a reserve for the Raiders in the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game, Super Bowl II, but his side lost to the Green Bay Packers. The Cincinnati Bengals would later choose Richard in 1968 at the AFL Allocation Draft. But then, he was waived before the beginning of the regular season. Despite his short professional career, he was a 1967 AFL champion.

2. Matt O’Donnell

  • Height: 6 feet 11 inches (211 cm)
  • Date of Birth: March 26, 1989
  • Age: 51 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Teams: Cincinnati Bengals (2011 – 2012; 2015), [Edmonton Eskimos (2012 – 2014; 2015 – Present)]

Matthew O’Donnell was born in Comox, British Columbia, Canada. He began playing football in high school at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School located in Kingston, Ontario. He also played for the Queen’s Golden Gaels of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He became eligible for the 2011 Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft and was considered among the best players to join the league. He was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second round and was the 15th overall pick. Given his height, NBA teams scouted for him even though he had not played basketball since he was in secondary school. Because of that, he delayed signing with the Roughriders.

Nothing came off his workout sessions with NBA teams like the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics so Matt signed with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL in July 2011. He currently plays for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. The 2015 Grey Cup champion also won the Vanier Cup during his college career. More than that, he won the 2010 J. P. Metras Trophy and was named to the 2009 and 2010 CIS All-Canadian First Team.

3. Morris Stroud

  • Height: 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm)
  • Date of Birth: May 17, 1946
  • Died On: October 17, 2016
  • Position: Tight End
  • Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (1969 – 1974)

This Super Bowl IV champion was born in Miami, Florida, and is one of the tallest NFL players the world has ever seen. Morris Stroud had a pretty successful career even though he never played football as much as he played basketball in college. He was a student of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and played basketball at the private methodist historically black research university as a center and power forward. In fact, when he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969, it was quite a surprise for many as he had little experience in football.

The late tight end who died on the 17th of October 2016 was the 76th player selected in the third round of the 1969 NFL draft and he played for the team that drafted him from that year until 1974. Records of his NFL career statistics show that he pulled off 977 receiving yards, 54 receptions, and 7 receiving touchdowns in a total of 69 games out of which he started 49. Morris Stroud remains a significant figure in the history of the NFL. Because of his massive height, he was often stationed under the goal post to put away balls approaching the crossbar. NFL later create what is known as the “Stroud Rule” to prohibit this.

4. Dan Skipper

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)
  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1994
  • Age: 27 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys (2017), Detroit Lions (2017 – 2018), Denver Broncos (2018), New England Patriots (2018 – 2019), Houston Texans (2019), [Detroit Lions (2019 – present)]

Dan Skipper was born in The City of Arvada in Colorado where he attended Ralston Valley High School and proved he has a future as a professional footballer. He earned nationwide recognition during his high school career, including a 5A all-state recognition that had multiple institutions offer him scholarships to join their college team. Skipper eventually decided to further his education at the University of Arkansas where he played for the Razorbacks and got named to Second-team All-SEC and First-team All-SEC respectively in 2015 and 2016. In addition to that, he was named a Consensus All-American and to ESPN’s All-Sec team amongst other recognitions.

In all, Dan had a fine collegiate career which explained the disappointment that came with him going undrafted during the 2017 NFL Draft. It was rumored that this happened because it was uncovered that he had a chronic blood condition. He was later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys sometime in May 2017. The team released him in September of that same year and the Detroit Lions signed him a few days later. By September 2018, the Lions released him and in November, he was signed to the practice squad of the Denver Broncos. Skipper began 2019 with the New England Patriots and finished with the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions. He has been with the Lions since then and is a Super Bowl (LIII) champion thanks to his time with the Patriots.

5. Demar Dotson

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)
  • Date of Birth: October 11, 1985
  • Age: 36 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009 – 2019) and Denver Broncos (2020)

The offensive tackle is currently a free agent and he joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2009. The Alexandria, Louisiana native had his high school career at Alexandria Senior High School located in his hometown. He proceeded to the University of Southern Mississippi where he played for the school’s team. After that, Demar Dotson enlisted for the 2009 NFL Draft but went undrafted; he was later signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it marked the beginning of his professional career. He would end up playing for the team for about a decade.

In August 2020, Dotson joined the Denver Broncos on a year contract that earned him $1.150 million in salary. Following the expiration of the contract, the veteran offensive lineman received multiple offers from different teams. As of April 2021, it was reported that he’s waiting for the ideal opportunity. While Demar is living out the last days of his career, he’s yet to announce or hint at retirement.

6. Ed Jones

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)
  • Date of Birth: February 23, 1951
  • Age: 70 Years Old
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys (1974 –1978,1980 – 1989)

Thanks to his height, Edward Lee Jones is widely known as Edward “Too Tall” Jones. The retired American football player spent a total of 15 seasons in the NFL playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Born in Jackson Tennessee, Edward has always been inclined to sports. As you would easily find, he was very active doing his high school days, but surprisingly, he didn’t play much football. It is said that he only played three football games throughout high school but more of baseball and basketball. He was particularly good in basketball which made many people believe he would have a professional career in the sport.

When Edward too tall joined Tennessee State University, it was to play basketball. But as fate would have it, he abandoned the sport after two seasons and embraced football. He got his nickname soon after as he was considered to be too tall to play football, but there was no stopping Edward. In all, he had a successful college career and was even named a Consensus All-American in 1973. At the 1974 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the first round as the first player picked. Edward’s professional career was also a successful one; he is a Super Bowl (XII) champion, a three-time Pro Bowler, and a three-time All-Pro. Among other things, he is remembered as one of the tallest NFL players ever.

7. Jonathan Ogden

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)
  • Date of Birth: July 31, 1974
  • Age: 47 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Baltimore Ravens (1996 – 2007)

Two things are true about Jonathan Ogden; he spent his entire professional career with the Baltimore Ravens and accomplished a lot as an offensive tackle for the team. Ogden’s NFL career began in 1996 after he was drafted by the Ravens as the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft. Like most professional athletes, he began preparing himself for a career in football from high school. If there was any doubt he would make it to the NFL, it was cleared when he played for the University of California, Los Angeles. A College Football Hall of Famer, Jonathan’s college career earned him numerous awards, including the Morris Trophy of 1995, the Jim Parker Award of 1995, Outland Trophy of the same year, and the UPI Lineman of the Year honor.

By the end of his NFL career in 2007, Jonathan had played a total of 177 games for the Ravens, out of which he started 176. He won a Super Bowl ring with the team and was named four times to First-team All-Pro. In addition to that, he was named five times to Second-team All-Pro and participated in the All-Star game of the NFL 11 times. That’s not all; Jonathan Ogden has been inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor, he was also named in the NFL 100th Anniversary All-time team and the NFL 2000s All-decade team.

8. Alejandro Villanueva

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)
  • Date of Birth: September 22, 1988
  • Age: 33 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (2014), Pittsburgh Steelers (2014 – 2020), and [Baltimore Ravens (2021 – present)]

It is not difficult to see how Alejandro Villanueva became one of the tallest NFL players in history as he was born to parents who are both taller than 6 feet. The offensive tackle currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens, but he has spent most of his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was not the team that drafted him to join the NFL, in fact, he went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and subsequently had tryouts with several teams before the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to play as a defensive end; this was in May 2014. In August of the same year, it emerged that he had been cut from the team, alongside other players. But before the month run out, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him to their practice squad and he eventually played for the team until 2020. Alejandro joined the Baltimore Ravens in May 2021 on a two-year contract valued at $14 million.

For someone who had a hard time joining the NFL, Alejandro Villanueva’s career has been pretty rewarding. So far, he has played a total of 96 games, out of which she started 90 with a total of 4 tackles, one reception, 2 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown, and three fumbles recovered. He has also participated in the All-Star game of the NFL twice, which were in 2017 and 2018. Alejandro played football in college for the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy. Although he was born in the United States, precisely at the Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi; he spent most of his childhood abroad, living in Spain and Belgium. It was in the latter country that he had his high school education. He reportedly schooled at SHAPE American high school in Casteau, Belgian.

9. Jared Veldheer

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: June 14, 1987
  • Age: 34 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Oakland Raiders (2010 – 2013), Arizona Cardinals (2014 – 2017), Denver Broncos (2018), New England Patriots (2019), Green Bay Packers (2019), Indianapolis Colts (2020), and Green Bay Packers (2020 – 2021)

Jared Veldheer announced in May 2021 that he would be retiring from the NLF, this was after he was suspended for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy of the league. According to the offensive tackle, he tested positive because he took Clomifene. It was in January of 2021 that he joined the Packers from the Indianapolis Colts. His career began with the Oakland Raiders who selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft; he was the 69th player picked. In March 2014, the offensive tackle left the Raiders for the Arizona Cardinals on a five-year contract worth $35 million. Before the contract expired, he was traded to the Denver Broncos where he played for almost all of 2018. Jared was with the New England Patriots from May 2019 to November of the same year before he had his first stint with the Green Bay Packers.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan native had his college career with the Hillsdale Chargers of Hillsdale College in Michigan. His college career earned him multiple honors, including Offensive Freshman of the Year 2006. He was also named to Second-team All-GLIAC, First-team All-GLIAC, AFCA First-team All-Region, and AFCA First-team All-American. He also played football in high school for the Forest Hills Northern High School where he was named Most Valuable Lineman at some point.

10. Leonard Pope 

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1983
  • Age: 38 Years Old
  • Position: Tight End
  • Teams: Arizona Cardinals (2006 − 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2009 − 2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012), and Chicago Bears (2013)

The last team Leonard Pope played for was the Chicago Bears but his stay with the team was very brief; the Bears signed him on the 3rd of August 2013 and released him a few weeks later, on the 25th of the same month. Before joining the Bears, he had a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a one-year contract that began on the 10th of April 2012. Pope spent most of his professional career playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals. The latter team drafted him as the 72nd player picked in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played for the side until September 2009 when the team waived him. A few days thereafter, he signed with the Chiefs and played for them until the end of the 2011 season.

Leonard Pope left NFL with a total of 982 receiving yards, 105 receptions, and 11 receiving touchdowns. Before he joined the NFL, the tight end played college football with the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia. He was born and raised in Americus, Georgia, where he attended Americus High School. Since he retired, Pope, who is nicknamed Champ, has devoted most of his time to running CHAMP, a charity organization he founded to create hope and foster initiatives that would help underprivileged kids across the country make progress in life.

11. Harold Carmichael

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: September 22, 1949
  • Age: 72 Years Old
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (1971 – 1983), New York Jets (1984), and Dallas Cowboys (1984)

Harold Carmichael isn’t only one of the tallest NFL players in the history of the league, but also one of the most accomplished amongst them. The wide receiver ended his career way back in 1984 with a total of 519 receptions and 79 receiving touchdowns in 8985 receiving yards. The Eagles Hall of Famer is a four-time Pro Bowler, NFL Man of the Year 1980, and the NFL receiving yards leader of 1973. That same year, he was the league’s receptions leader and would later be named to NFL 1970s all-decade team. Although he didn’t get to become a Super Bowl champion as a player, he attained this feat as an administrator with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 when the side won Super Bowl LII.

Carmichael’s professional career began with the team following the 1971 NFL draft where he was selected in the seventh round as the 161st player picked by the Eagles. He played for the side until May 1984 when he was waived. With that, he became a free agent but soon signed with the New York Jets in August of the same year. The Jets released him that same month and he moved on to the Dallas Cowboys the following month. He only got to play two games with the team before he announced his retirement, this was in November 1984. Many years later (in 1998), the Philadelphia Eagles employed him as an administrator, he served the team as its director of player and community relations until 2017.

The Jacksonville, Florida native had his high school education at William M Raines High School where he played football as a quarterback. Carmichael furthered his education at Southern University where he also played football and excelled in other sports like basketball and track and field. He has been inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Black College Football Hall of Fame, Southwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

12. Dan McGwire

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: December 18, 1967
  • Age: 53 Years Old
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Teams: Seattle Seahawks (1991 – 1994), Miami Dolphins (1995)

It has been over two decades since Dan McGwire retired from the NFL but he is still the tallest quarterback in the history of the league. Born in Pomona, California, the former American football quarterback began preparing himself for a career in the big leagues at Claremont High School in California. He was one of the finest players of his class and it earned him several prestigious recognitions like State Most Valuable Player of 1985, Offensive Player of the same year, and much more. He had his college career first at the University of Iowa and then at San Diago State University. For his efforts, he received the All-WAC honors.

The Seattle Seahawks picked Dan McGwire in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft; he was the 16th overall player picked. The quarterback only spent half a decade in the league. He played for the Seahawks for only four seasons. Dan parted ways with the Seahawks at the end of the 1994 season and joined the Miami Dolphins. But then, he only spent one season with the side before he opted to retire from the sport. Reports have it that he moved to Reno, Nevada after he left the NFL and took up jobs as an executive of a lighting company and an insurance agent at some point.

13. Calais Campbell

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
  • Age: 35 Years Old
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Teams: Arizona Cardinals (2008 – 2016), Jacksonville Jaguars (2017 – 2019), and [Baltimore Ravens (2020 – present)]

Beyond his skill and talent in the game, Calais Campbell is admired for his personality and for being public-spirited. For exemplifying outstanding character and leadership within and outside the NFL, he received the Bart Starr Award in 2019; the same year he received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honor for his commitment to charity and of course, his accomplishment on the field as a footballer. The defensive end is a six-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro in 2017. In 2014 and 2016, he was also named to Second-team All-Pro.

Campbell has been a fine player right from his days in high school. As a student of South High School in Denver, Colorado, the NFL star was counted as one of the best defensive ends in the whole of the country. Campbell was very athletic; apart from football, he excelled in basketball, long jump, and other track and field events. This earned him a lot of attention and multiple offers from universities to join their respective teams. Following a long deliberation, he decided to play football at the University of Miami in Florida. His time with the Miami Hurricanes football team went a long way in preparing him for a career in the NFL and he was named First-team All-ACC in 2006.

At the 2008 NFL draft, Campbell was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round as the 50th overall player. Thereafter, he signed a four-year contract with the side that was worth only $3.40 million. He got a better deal when his contract was extended in 2012 as he made a five-year pact with the team for $55 million. Calais became an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and received multiple offers from various teams, including the Cardinals. Nonetheless, he went for a four-year $60 million deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars traded him to the Baltimore Ravens in March 2020 and he still plays for the team as of this writing.

14. Trent Brown

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: April 13, 1993
  • Age: 28 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: San Francisco 49ers (2015 – 2017), Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2019 – 2020), and [New England Patriots (2018); (2021 – present)]

Although Trent Brown was born in Bastrop, Texas, he spent most of his childhood in Albany, Georgia, where he first attended Deerfield-Windsor School before moving over to Westover Comprehensive High School. Brown took part in athletic activities at these schools, but it was basketball that he initially favored. He only started playing football in his junior year of high school. After he graduated from Westover High School in 2011, Trent Brown decided to further his education at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. There, he played for the GMC Bulldogs for two years and was named second-team NJCAA All-American, this was in 2012.

Thereafter, he had offers from multiple universities to have his senior college career with them and he eventually decided to go with the University of Florida. With that, he played for the Florida Gators from 2012 to 2014. At the 2015 NFL Draft, Trent Brown was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round and he played for the side until 2017. He spent his 2018 season with the New England Patriots and the following year saw him land a 4-year $66 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. Nevertheless, the Raiders traded him to the New England Patriots in March 2021. So far, his NFL career has seen him play 63 games out of which he started 60. Brown participated in the All-Star game of the NFL in 2019 and is a Super Bowl (LIII) champion playing under legendary Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

15. Levine Toilolo

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: July 30, 1991
  • Age: 30 Years Old
  • Position: Tight End
  • Teams: Atlanta Falcons (2013 – 2017), Detroit Lions (2018), San Francisco 49ers (2019), and [New York Giants (2020 – present)]

In March 2020, Levine Toilolo signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants. The previous year, he played for the San Francisco 49ers and reached Super Bowl LIV with the side but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Toilolo’s 2018 season was spent with the Detroit Lions and he has had most of his professional career with the Atlanta Falcons. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, this was after the tight end decided to forgo his last year of college eligibility. Thus far, his NFL career has seen him accumulate a total of 102 receptions for 1042 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. While one can’t say he is one of the finest tight ends the league has ever seen, he is obviously among the tallest NFL players ever.

Born on the 30th of July 1991, Levine Toilolo’s place of birth was in San Diego, California. He had his high school education at Helix High School in La Mesa, also in California. To the best of our knowledge, it was at this high school that he began playing football. After he left high school, he moved on to Stanford University where he also played football for the Stanford Cardinals from 2009 to 2012. Records have it that his college career came to an end with a total of 763 receptions and 10 touchdowns. The tight end majored in information science and technology while at Stanford.

16. Brandon Parker

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: October 21, 1995
  • Age: 26 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: [Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2018 – present)]

This offensive tackle began his career in 2018 with the Oakland Raiders which has since become known as the Las Vegas Raiders. The team selected him at the 2018 NFL Draft in the third round as the 65th overall player picked. After that, he signed a four-year contract worth $4.09 million with the side and continues to play for the team as of this writing. Brandon Parker was named second-team All-American in 2016 and the following year he was named first-team All-American. The NFL star had his college career with the football team representing the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Brandon Parker was born into an athletic family in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where he attended A.L. Brown High School and played varsity football. He got scholarship offers from different universities but decided to go with North Carolina A&T. His time with the college team definitely prepared him for his NFL career as, among other things, he was twice named the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was also twice named first-team All-MEAC and third-team All-MEAC.

17. Rob Havenstein

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: May 13, 1992
  • Age: 29 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: [St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2015 – present)]

For reasons that are not certain, people tend to forget about Rob Havenstein when counting the tallest NFL players in history. The offensive tackle has been playing in the league since 2015 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round as the 57th overall player picked. His rookie season was a productive one as he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2015. In 2018, Rob Havenstein was considered to be part of the best offensive line in the league as he received the Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year honor.

The Mount Airy, Maryland native had his high school education at Linganore High School in Frederick, also in Maryland. He distinguished himself as a footballer in the school so much that he attracted the attention of several universities but settled for the offer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Playing for the Wisconsin Badgers, he received a First-team All-Big Ten honor and was also named First-team All-American in 2014.

18. Margus Hunt

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: July 14, 1987
  • Age: 34 Years Old
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Teams: Cincinnati Bengals (2013 – 2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017–2019), New Orleans Saints (2020) and [Cincinnati Bengals (2020)]

Much hasn’t been heard from Magus Hunt in recent times but he is yet to announce his retirement from the NFL. He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020, the same team that drafted him to join the NFL in 2013 when he was picked in the second round as the 53rd overall player selected. With that, he played for the team until 2016. The following year, he joined the Indianapolis Colts on a two-year contract and played for the side until 2019. Even though the Colts extended his contract by another two years for $9 million in March 2019, he was released from the team a year later.

Thereafter, Hunt joined the New Orleans Saints on a one-year pact that began in May 2020 but the Saints released him a few months later in October 2020, so he returned to his first team for a second stint. Marcus is an Estonian, born in Karksi-Nuia, Estonia. He came to the United States of America in 2007 and settled in Dallas, Texas. He planned to join the Southern Methodist University and train in track and field events. But as fate would have it, the institution had dropped its men’s track program; Hunt decided to try football and the rest is history.

19. Nate Solder

  • Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)
  • Date of Birth: April 12, 1988
  • Age: 33 Years Old
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: New England Patriots (2011 – 2017) and [New York Giants (2018 – present)]

Nate Solder currently plays for the New York Giants and he has been with the team since 2018. The offensive tackle began his professional career in 2011 and is one of the most accomplished, tallest NFL players in history. He played for the New England Patriots from 2011 to 2017; the team selected him at the 2011 NFL draft in the first round as the 17th overall pick. Among other achievements, he is a two-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX and LI).

The NFL star was born in Denver, Colorado, and he schooled at Buena Vista High School in Buena Vista, Colorado, after which he proceeded to the University of Colorado and played for the Colorado Buffaloes. During his college career, he got several recognitions, including being named First-team All-Big 12 in 2009 and 2010. He was also a Consensus All-American in 2010 and was the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year.

20. Orlando Brown

  • Height: 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm)
  • Date of Birth: November 12, 1970
  • Died On: September 23, 2011
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Teams: Cleveland Browns (1993 – 1995; 1999) and Baltimore Ravens (1996 – 1998; 2003 – 2005)

Tallest NFL Players in History
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The late offensive tackle is also one of the tallest NFL players in history. Orlando Brown was found dead on the 23rd of September 2011 at his home in Baltimore. It was later concluded that he died of diabetic ketoacidosis. Brown was survived by two daughters and three sons. One of his sons, Orlando Brown Jr, is currently an American football offensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs; he joined the league after he was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. It was in 2005 that the older Orlando Brown retired from the NFL. Reports have it that he became a restaurateur after he retired and owned a Fatburger franchise in Maryland. Sometime in September 2009, he got arrested with charges of destruction of property and third-degree burglary which were later dropped.

Orlando Brown’s professional career in the NFL began with the Cleveland Browns, the team that signed him after he went undrafted in the 1993 NFL Draft; he spent his first three seasons with them. The offensive tackle began playing for the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 where his energetic performances earned him the nickname, Zeus. Brown played with the Ravens until 1998 after which he returned to his previous team and spent the 1999 season. Unfortunately, he sustained an eye injury in an accident during a game in December 1999. It left him temporarily blind and he ended up missing three seasons. After he was released by the Browns following the accident caused by an NFL referee, Orlando dragged the league to court, asking for $200 million in damages. It is said that he later received around $15 and $25 million for his claims in 2002. He would later return to the league and play for the Baltimore Ravens from 2003 until he retired in 2005. In all, he played a total of 129 games out of which he started 119.

The Top 20 Tallest NFL Players of All-time at a Glance

1. Richard Sligh – Height: 7 feet (213 cm)

2. Matt O’Donnell – Height: 6 feet 11 inches (211 cm)

3. Morris Stroud – Height: 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm)

4. Dan Skipper – Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)

5. Demar Dotson – Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)

6. Ed Jones – Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)

7. Jonathan Ogden – Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)

8. Alejandro Villanueva – Height: 6 feet 9 inches (206 cm)

9. Jared Veldheer – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

10. Leonard Pope – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

11. Harold Carmichael – Height: 6 feet 8 inches

12. Dan McGwire – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

13. Calais Campbell – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

14. Trent Brown – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

15. Levine Toilolo – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

16. Brandon Parker – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

17. Rob Havenstein – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

18. Margus Hunt – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

19. Nate Solder – Height: 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm)

20. Orlando Brown – Height: 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm)

Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu holds a B.SC in Mass Communications with several years of writing and editing experience. He is an advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; He believes that Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, Chinedu may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.
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