10 NFL Quarterbacks With the Largest Hand Sizes

Updated on November 6, 2018
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Quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Drew Brees have shown that hand size might be more important than height for a quarterback in the NFL. Brett Favre was able to play well even in unfavourable weather conditions and his enormous hands contributed to this. Bigger hands mean you can have a better grip on the ball and have more control when throwing it.

Most NFL teams today prefer their quarterbacks to have a hand span of at least 9.5 inches and are very hesitant to pick a quarterback with a hand span less than that. Browns coach, Hue Jackson, is especially particular about the hand size of his quarterbacks and has said he prefers those with hand spans of 10 inches or wider. This article takes a look at some NFL quarterbacks with the most impressive hand sizes.

NFL Quarterbacks with the Biggest Hands (Hand Span)

1. Brett Favre: 10.38 inches

2. Drew Brees: 10.25 inches

3. Russell Wilson: 10.25 inches

4. Dak Prescott: 10.88 inches

5. Ryan Fitzpatrick: 10.75 inches

6. Cody Kessler: 10.88 inches

7. Mark Sanchez: 10.50 inches

8. Steve McNair: 10.50 inches

9. Heath Shuler: 10.63 inches

10. Jim Druckenmiller: 11.25 inches

How Is Hand Size Measured in the NFL?

Hand size measurement at the NFL Combine is done by measuring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinky finger with the hand outstretched. The number obtained is the player’s hand span or spread. It’s extremely rare for even an NFL player to have a hand span of 11 inches or wider. The average male’s hand span is about 8.5 inches.

Unfortunately, the NFL doesn’t measure hand length which is another way to measure hand size. It is measured from the base of the palm to the tip of the middle finger. The average hand length for a male is around 7.4 inches. It’s very common for people to confuse hand span with hand length and vice versa.

1. Drew Brees

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Drew Brees has uncommonly large hands which are 10.25 inches in span. Brees’ hand span is close to the average for a man standing close to 7’3. Amazingly, he stands at 6’0. Michael Vick stands at this height but only has a hand span of 8.5 inches. Brees’ hand span is around 18% wider than the average for his height. He has a wider hand span than Brock Osweiler and the same hand span as Daniel McGwire who both stand at 6’8.

2. Steve McNair

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Steve McNair’s hand span measured 10.50 inches. At 6’2, his hand span was roughly around the average of a man standing close to 7’5. The average hand span of a 6’2 man is around 9.2 inches. This means McNair’s hand span was around 14% wider than the average for his height. He had significantly wider hands than Aaron Rodgers and Rich Gannon who stand around the same height as him. Interestingly, his hand span was 14% wider than 6'5 Philip Rivers’.

3. Cody Kessler

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Cody Kessler has a truly unbelievable hand size for someone his height. His hand span is close to 11 inches and this is really mind blowing for a guy who stands at just 6’1. Jeff Blake is just as tall but only has a hand span of 8.50 inches. Kessler’s hand span of 10.88 inches is around the average of a man standing close to 7’8 and is a whopping 21% wider than the average hand span for his height. Matt Schaub is 4” taller than Cody Kessler but surprisingly his span is 16% narrower.

4. Heath Shuler

Heath Shuler possesses a hand span of 10.63 inches which is astonishing for a guy who stands at 6’2. Shuler's hand span is about 15.5% wider than the average for his height. Jim Harbaugh and Jake Plummer stand at the same height as him but have hand sizes nowhere near Shuler. Surprisingly, Heath Shuler has a wider hand span than 6’5 Kerry Collins.

5. Russell Wilson

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Russel Wilson is one of the shortest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL but he compensates for this with his huge hands. At just 5’11, he has one of the biggest hands in the NFL. Wilson’s hand span measures a whopping 10.25 inches and is around 19% wider than the average for his height. Interestingly, he has a wider hand span than Eli Manning and Peyton Manning who are 6’4 and 6’5 respectively.

6. Jim Druckenmiller

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At 6’5, Jim Druckenmiller’s hand size is at the extreme for his height. The average hand span of a 6’5 person is around 9.3 inches. Druckenmiller’s hand span measures 11.25 inches and is about 21% wider than the average for his height. Carson Palmer and Drew Bledsoe stand at the same height as Druckenmiller but only have hand spans of 9.50 inches and 9.63 inches respectively.

7. Dak Prescott

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Dak Prescott’s hand span averages that of a 7’8 man despite standing at 6’2. His hand span of 10.88 inches is truly remarkable for someone his height. That is around 18% wider than the average for his height. Prescott has bigger hands than Chris Chandler and Vinny Testaverde who stand taller than him.

8. Mark Sanchez

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Mark Sanchez’s hand span is 10.50 inches. He stands at 6’2 but his hand span is around the average of a 7’5” man. Sanchez’s hand span is around 14% wider than the average for his height which is about 9.2 inches. Mark Brunell stands around the same height as him but only has a hand span of 9.13 inches. Interestingly, 6’4 Daunte Culpepper has smaller hands than Sanchez.

9. Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hand span is roughly around that of a 7’7” person. He stands at 6’2 but his hand span measures a staggering 10.75 inches. Donovan McNabb stands at the same height but his hands are nowhere near the size of Fitzpatrick's. Fitzpatrick’s hand span is around 16.8% wider than the average hand span for someone his height. Astonishingly, Ben Roethlisberger’s hand span is almost 15% narrower than Fitzpatrick’s despite being 6’5.

10. Brett Favre

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Brett Favre stands at 6’2 but his hand span is around 12.8% wider than the average hand span for his height. His hand span measures 10.38 inches. That’s around the average of a 7’4 man. Favre has a wider hand span than quarterbacks Brad Johnson, Trent Green, Aaron Brooks, Marc Bulger and Steve Beuerlein, who all stand taller than him.

Keeping Height in Mind

Brock Osweiler is one of the two tallest players in NFL history. The other is Daniel McGwire and they both stand at 6'8. The hand span of Osweiler is 9.88 inches. Being tall usually comes with huge hands, so the hand span of Brock Osweiler, though significantly wider than the average span of 8.5 inches, is pretty average for his height.

Being tall does not always come with big hands. At 6’3, former quarterback Kliff Kingsbury has a hand span of 8.50 inches. The average hand span of a 6’3 person is around 9.2 inches and hence Kingsbury’s hands are quite small for his height.

Players like Chad Pennington also beat the norm by having huge hands for their height. Pennington has a hand span of 10.25 inches. He has the same hand span as Daniel McGwire. Pennington’s hand size is pretty impressive if you consider the fact that he stands at the same height as Kliff Kingsbury.

The following NFL quarterbacks also have huge hands for their height. Numbers given are height and hand span.

  • Chad May: 6'1", 10.63"
  • David Garrad: 6'2", 10.50"
  • Brett Hundley: 6'3", 10.50"
  • Austin Davis: 6'2", 10.38"
  • Stan Humphries: 6'2", 10.25"
  • Tee Martin: 6'2", 10.25"
  • Chad Pennington: 6'3", 10.25"
  • Ryan Mallet: 6'6", 10.75"
  • Christian Ponder: 6'2", 10.25"
  • B.J Coleman: 6'3", 10.38"
  • Stephen Morris: 6'2", 10.25"
  • Logan Thomas: 6'6", 10.88"
  • Tanner Lee: 6’4”, 10.50”
  • Kevin Hogan: 6'3", 10.25"
  • Scott Zolak: 6'5", 10.50"
  • Ryan Leaf: 6'5", 10.50"
  • Chris Simms: 6'4", 10.50"
  • Omar Jacobs: 6'4", 10.50"
  • Nick Foles: 6'6", 10.63"
  • Joel Stave: 6'5", 10.75"
  • Cree Morris: 6'7", 10.25"
  • Wally Richardson: 6'4", 10.25"
  • Sage Rosenfels: 6'4", 10.25"
  • Brady Quinn: 6'3", 10.25"
  • Taylor Yates: 6'4", 10.25"
  • E.J Manuel: 6'4", 10.38"
  • Paxton Lynch: 6'7", 10.25"
  • Tyrod Taylor: 6'1", 10.00"
  • Aaron Rodgers: 6'2", 10.13"
  • Ryan Nassib: 6'2", 10.18"
  • Todd Santos: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Browning Nagle: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Brad Johnson: 6'5", 10.13"
  • Kerry Collins: 6'5", 10.00"
  • Peyton Manning: 6'5", 10.13"
  • Donovan McNabb: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Spergen Wynn: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Patrick Ramsey: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Davide Greene: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Kyle Orton: 6'4", 10.00"
  • Matt Leinart: 6'5", 10.13"
  • Jordan Palmer: 6'5", 10.00"
  • Josh Freeman: 6'6", 10.00"
  • Matthew Stafford: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Jarrett Brown: 6'4", 10.00"
  • Tony Pike: 6'6", 10.00"
  • Jevan Snead: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Tim Tebow: 6'3", 10.13"
  • Blaine Gabbert: 6'4", 10.00"
  • Ricky Stanzi: 6'4", 10.00"
  • Scott Tolzien: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Ryan Lindley: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Andrew Luck: 6'4", 10.00"
  • Matt Barkley: 6'2", 10.08"
  • Jeff Matthews: 6'4", 10.13"
  • Keith Wenning: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Garret Grayson: 6'2", 10.00"
  • Bryce Petty: 6'3", 10.00"
  • Carson Wentz: 6'5", 10.00"
  • Josh Allen: 6'5", 10.13"

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