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  • Just saw on ESPN. That's really insane.
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  • Old news, now what's fun to know is that Kaepernick has "girlie" hands for a man 6'5"...put that in your pipe and smoke it.....a couple big things looked at when evaluating quarterbacks for NFL competition. ..hand size and accuracy. His hands are larger than any quarterback that came out in 2012-13 and likely in the top 5% in NFL entirely, why do you think he throws such a beautiful deep ball in any conditions? Personally I would like to know Jim Kelly's hand size given the major reason Buffalo drafted EJ Manuel was his hand size.
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  • Thats almost Sonny Liston status. Actually, its probably not even close. Sonny Liston was just ridiculous physically.
    For those who don't know ancient boxing history, he was 6'1"-6'2" tall with 7' arms. 15" hands.

    Russell Wilson is blessed to have such large hands. I can imagine that it does play a role in his skill in a quarterback... but I don't take measurements like these to heart anyway. Rocky Mariano's arms were as short as Sonny Liston's arms were long, yet he was the only undefeated champion in history, and an all time great. Even if Russell had small hands, he'd still find a way to rule the NFL world. Luckily, in this department, his genetics have given him a helping hand. 8)

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  • 15 inch hands? At his height? That has to be typo? If not that's beyond freakish, that's unique. And yes hand size is both a serious advantage and factor in how well a quarterback "spins" the ball deep with accuracy and more importantly in "weather" separate from pure arm strength. For example both Wilson and RG3 have larger hands than Luck. Both are more accurate and throw in weather not a dome.
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  • KCHawkGirl wrote:15 inch hands? That has to be typo? If not that's beyond freakish, that's unique.


    I've read it in multiple places. Sonny Liston was insanely freakish. Like, once in every few centuries freakish. He has the largest ratio ever recorded of wingspan to height, wingspan being ~115% of his height.
    He could probably touch his knees with his arms flat at his sides, standing straight up. I gotta find some pictures, because I've read more than I've seen.

    EDIT: Here's a quick article reference http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987 ... netic-code
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  • I don't think you're lying my foster father was a Golden Gloves boxer so I know boxing pretty well and knew Liston was a bad dude. Just didn't know his physical measurements.
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  • fsmassey wrote:Thats almost Sonny Liston status. Actually, its probably not even close. Sonny Liston was just ridiculous physically.
    For those who don't know ancient boxing history, he was 6'1"-6'2" tall with 7' arms. 15" hands.

    Russell Wilson is blessed to have such large hands. I can imagine that it does play a role in his skill in a quarterback... but I don't take measurements like these to heart anyway. Rocky Mariano's arms were as short as Sonny Liston's arms were long, yet he was the only undefeated champion in history, and an all time great. Even if Russell had small hands, he'd still find a way to rule the NFL world. Luckily, in this department, his genetics have given him a helping hand. 8)

    Link to the article?



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  • Hand size IS important, though it's only one aspect. Mark Sanchez has even bigger hands than Russell (10.5") but he still has been a fumble machine at times, in part because he relies too much on his big hands and doesn't adequately protect the ball.

    Russell so far is doing a much better job at ball protection.
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  • This is the one thing that gets me about the whole "You can succeed, even if you're not tall enough." It's supposed to inspirational...but lets be honest...having giant hands like that is a HUGE benefit. If he had normal size hands, I doubt he'd be playing football at this level to be honest.
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  • Sonny Liston had 15" fists... not "hands"... not the same thing.
    There was nothing unofficial about the size of Sonny Liston`s hands, which were so big he had to have boxing gloves specially made. Liston`s fists measured 15 inches and were the largest of any heavyweight champion. Primo Carnera came close at 14 inches, but he stood 6-5. Liston was 6-1.
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  • I was under the understanding that size didn't matter, it was the skill... :roll:
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  • So his hands are the size of a racehorse?.......Or is that another body part?
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  • You know what they say about the size of a mans hands...
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  • I think the large hands thing helps in the area of avoiding fumbles but RW's greatest asset in his passing game mechanically is his over the top delivery of the ball. It comes out from his body at the same elevation of a 6'3"/6'4" QB.
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  • I read a theory that one of the biggest reasons taller QBs succeed more often is their hands are larger then shorter QBS especially when they are young. When they are young they are the only kids with hands big enough to grip the ball so they gain that much valuable experience in their younger years. It is not surprising that Wilson has extraordinarily big hands.
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  • I was changing planes at Sea-Tac the day after OT's ended and RW was waiting for an Alaskan Air flight next to mine. He was escorted in by a security guard and sat down under a pillar in an attempt not to be noticed which will never happen in Seattle. A few things I noticed:

    1. His wife is much better looking in person.
    2. His forearms are massive and in general he has a thick muscular build.
    3. Could not see his whole hand but his fists were huge at least twice the area of one of my fists (5'11" 190).
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  • warden wrote:I read a theory that one of the biggest reasons taller QBs succeed more often is their hands are larger then shorter QBS especially when they are young. When they are young they are the only kids with hands big enough to grip the ball so they gain that much valuable experience in their younger years. It is not surprising that Wilson has extraordinarily big hands.



    Interesting theory.
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  • I think there is more than one measurement of hands that is in use and this may be confusing the issue. One measure I've read about is with the hand spread wide you measure the distance from little finger tip to thumb tip across the hand. The other method I've heard is measuring from base of the palm to end of fingertips. These methods probably produce different measurements making comparisons difficult.
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  • Cartire wrote:You know what they say about the size of a mans hands...
    what if the right hand is 2 inches shorter than the left? And would what you are referring to be dog-legged left or right?
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  • warden wrote:I read a theory that one of the biggest reasons taller QBs succeed more often is their hands are larger then shorter QBS especially when they are young. When they are young they are the only kids with hands big enough to grip the ball so they gain that much valuable experience in their younger years. It is not surprising that Wilson has extraordinarily big hands.


    One other thing that's not even being mentioned, and/or overlooked here, is that RW's Father routinely shagging him out of bed when he was a youngster, to throw balls for him to catch.
    Wilsons Dad probably had no idea at that time, that he was setting the stage, and building inspiration for his Son, to becoming an outstanding Franchise Quarterback in the NFL.
    The bigger than normal size hands probably sealed his future, and having an athletic Father, just fanned the flames.
    And yet another gigantic piece to the puzzle?, intelligence, and the hunger for more and better ways to putting the physical and mental aspects of the game together.
    Sometimes these things just seem to happen by opportunity accident, and sometimes they happen because the drive inside just keeps pushing to get better.
    I'm convinced that the Seahawks are destined for greatness, and I believe that Russell Wilson is going to be instrumental in making it happen.
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  • Anyone agree hand-size is being overblown. What surprizes me is that his quick-release or compact throwing motion isnt analyzed more. The guy holds the ball long but gets it out in a hurry. Someone made a reference to Steve Nash when describing how RW plays (anticipation and dishing the ball on time). That seemed more relevant to his skillset than handsize. Nash has little hands but great vision.
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  • Russ Willstrong wrote:Anyone agree hand-size is being overblown. What surprizes me is that his quick-release or compact throwing motion isnt analyzed more. The guy holds the ball long but gets it out in a hurry. Someone made a reference to Steve Nash when describing how RW plays (anticipation and dishing the ball on time). That seemed more relevant to his skillset than handsize. Nash has little hands but great vision.



    Overblown, yes, but still completely relevant. I think the best way to imagine it ourselves, is to imagine what its like throwing an NFL size football, then throwing a high school football. In the end, it comes down to how well you can get used to throwing whatever it is you're throwing. But having the natural hand size to more easily fit what you're throwing can only help.
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  • Russ Willstrong wrote:Anyone agree hand-size is being overblown. What surprizes me is that his quick-release or compact throwing motion isnt analyzed more. The guy holds the ball long but gets it out in a hurry. Someone made a reference to Steve Nash when describing how RW plays (anticipation and dishing the ball on time). That seemed more relevant to his skillset than handsize. Nash has little hands but great vision.



    Russ, I take it you were not around for the Dave Kreig years or else you would know that hand size is NOT overblown. Our arguably greatest QB ever had small hands and a serious fumbling problem.
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  • Daaaaaaaaaang! Those are some big hands.
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  • Great hands. Here are some more fantastic hands!



    Wilson's hands make it so much easier for him to control the ball in any weather the PNW throws at him. HANDS. He would have a much more difficult time managing these issues if his hands were not as large. But they are hands, so good for hand. WONDERFUL HANDS. Gotta get me some hands, who doesn't wanna hop on the handwagon? I know that with hands, and hands, the hands, are some really nice hands, love em hands. HAND! HANDS!

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