Sport: Runts in the Big League

A little goes a long way in the N.F.L.

"I don't understand why people keep I talking about size," Cleveland Browns Running Back Greg Pruitt complains. "Nobody ever asked Columbus how tall he was." Perhaps because, in the words of a contemporary of the Great Discoverer, Columbus was "as regards his exterior person and bodily disposition, more than middling tall." But in the behemoth world of professional football, Pruitt, at 5 ft. 9 in. and 190 Ibs., is more than middling small. From his first day in football as a seventh-grader—when a 4-ft....

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