Monday, September 28, 2015
Largest football player: John Krahn breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA -- Standing at 7-feet tall and weighing over 400 pounds, John Krahn, also known as "Junior," who plays for Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, is taller than any player in the NFL and sets the new world record for the Largest football player, according to the World Record Academy .
Photo: Meet John Krahn (left), the Martin Luther King High School linebacker who stands 213 centimetres high and weighs almost 200 kilograms, making him arguably the biggest football player in the history of the game and certainly the largest currently playing. ( enlarge photo )
The Guinness World Records' record for the youngest player to play in football's premier tournament is Souleymane Mamam who played for Togo against Zambia aged 13 years 310 days in a preliminary qualifying game on 6 May 2001.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the oldest American football player; it is Paul L. Morton (USA, b. 12 January 1941), who was 67 years old when he played a regular season for semi-professional team, Stateline Miners, in 2008. Morton position of play is Defensive Back
Most high school football players are about 6-feet tall weighing around 200 pounds.
Krahn said of his team,"We got that work hard mentality. Put your hat on and let's go work. We gotta do what we gotta do."
Football has always been a part of the big man's life. "I love it. It's my life. It's been my dream since I was in 3rd grade."
Statisticians say there is no player in US anywhere near the same size as the Californian teenager who has captured grid iron by storm. Krahn has always been large for his age and was reportedly already 6-feet tall or 182 centimetres by sixth grade.
Krahn is a 17-year old senior who is looking at a college in Montana, but has aspirations to one day play in the NFL.
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