I ain't hiding. Nothing to hide. Come on out. What are you so afraid of? No need to stalk me. I'll tell you anything you need to know.
I for sure never made untrue claims while talking down kids with greater athletic accomplishments than my own.
And just to save you some time, I've been screened by the FBI twice, once when I went to work for a Wall Street bank a few years ago and more recently when I applied for my CHL. Sorry to disappoint you.
diablos, I think that in all fairness, if you can have a good athlete with prototypical size, an arm to make all of the throws, a high IQ, a great work ethic, excellent leadership skills, extreme physical toughness, good moral character and the heart of a lion, you definitely take him over one who as all of those things but does not possess the prototypical size.
Coaches will always give the first shot and the most shots to the guy who passes the eyeball test. They will get chance after chance to show that they can or cannot do it. A guy less physically gifted, if he gets a shot, will not get many. He better produce or they'll be off to the next one.
It's not impossible for a small guy, but it is not probable either.
There was a kid from Katy High School named Bo Levi Mitchell who was not big and had an OK arm. He played on a very good team and went undefeated and won the Texas State Championship in 2007. Now, Katy is a dynasty program. They are going to be in the hunt every year. He got one D1 offer, from Hawaii, because a guy he had played with took his film to the OC and vouched for him. Playing for a winning team does have an influence on your ability to get noticed. He accepted the offer, but before he could get there, June Jones took the SMU job. Bo Levi started all of the games as a freshman on a horrible team. He did nothing special. As a sophomore, he started the first 7 games before suffering a season-ending injury. They were 3-4 at the time. A true freshman named Kyle Padron came in and won all but one of the remaining games on the schedule. Bo Levi decided it was time to go and he had been offered by FCS Eastern Washington out of high school. He went there and started as a junior, leading EW to its first ever National Championship. His senior year, he won the Walter Peyton award, the equivalent of the Heisman in FCS, and was named to seven All-America teams. He went undrafted in 2012 (he's 6-1, maybe 200) and was picked up by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. He got the start late last season and just last night set a CFL record for winning his first 7 games of his career as a starter.
Bo Levi is not pretty. He is not big. He wins when he is on a good team. When he is not, he does not. He's had the great fortune to play for good teams. Let's remember, before Flutie left the Chicago Bears and headed off to lead the Stampeders to the Grey Cup, he had won all 8 of his starts in the NFL. There's no accounting for winners, regardless of what size they come in.
Intangibles indeed JJ . . . Hopefully he can follow in the footsteps of former Mountie Anthony Calvillo . . . Same kind of story, and Anthony has flourish in the CFL setting career-record stats, but he never passed the litmus test or won any beauty contest . . .
Oh, and as a side note, playing for the Edmonton Eskimos, who suffered their first loss of the season, was The Wolfman, RB John White of LA Harbor and Utah fame. He's still got good speed and great feet and he's a really tough guy to tackle. Again, he's not very big, probably 5-9 and 185, if that.