John “House” Taylor plays defensive line for the Central Penn Piranhas, a semi-professional football team based in Enola, Pennsylvania, and at 6’11” and 500lbs, “House” may be the biggest person to ever play the game, at any level.
The Piranhas head coach and owner, Ron Kerr explained to WHP-TV that “‘House’ has a simple job on defense — take up space. An offense can’t block, what an offense can’t see. “If they can’t see the linebackers, they don’t where they coming from, the offensive linemen. He has to be double-teamed. He’s too big not to be.”
The 6XL lineman spends most of the game on the sidelines. Coach Kerr explained that the team uses “House” to defend short yardage situations.
Deadspin noted that the heaviest player to ever play in the NFL was Aaron Gibson, a former offensive tackle for the Lions, Cowboys, and Bears, who weighed in at 410lbs. “House” is listed at 465lbs, but said that last time he stepped on the scale it hit 500lbs.
Richard Sligh, former Raider’s defensive tackle, measured 7′ tall and holds the title as the tallest man to play in the NFL. But only an inch shorter than Sligh, and outweighing Gibson by nearly 90lbs, “House” puts in a strong bid for the title of ‘Biggest Man to Ever Play Football.’
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