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Steve Rushin
September 04, 1995
Linemen who tip the scales on the far side of 300 pounds are fast becoming the rule, not the exception
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September 04, 1995

Big

Linemen who tip the scales on the far side of 300 pounds are fast becoming the rule, not the exception

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He considered his own frame.

"But my dream isn't coming soon to a theater near you."

In fact, Kennard spoke a canard. As a rule the Big Man does not dream of being lean. "No," says Dellenbach. "My dreams are a lot better than that."

"No," says Brown. "All my dreams are still big."

"I like being a big guy," says 330-pound nosetackle Gilbert Brown of the Green Bay Packers. "I love being a big guy. That's all I wanted to be, a big guy. I was always a big, short [6'2"], fat guy."

It's no small feat, the Big Man finding happiness in this small world. Slim dreams? Fat chance. Small minds? Big deal. The Big Man has faced bigotry big-time, but really, he's just like you and me. "Big guys are no different," Kennard said this summer, as a parting shot to his 10-year NFL career.

"Except," he added proudly, "we're big."

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