Small players coming up big in the NFL this season

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 23 2010 3:46 p.m. MST

New England running back Danny Woodhead jokingly asked if he could have a step-stool the next time he was required to speak at a podium.

It's a question that could be asked after just about every NFL game this season with diminutive dynamos like Woodhead, Darren Sproles, Jim Leonhard and Antoine Winfield coming up big week in and week out.

Despite a nation of fans and fantasy owners putting them on pedestals, all of these players have to look up at the average American male, who stands 5-foot-10.

Yet, these petite players are anything but puny when it comes to their performances and impact.

In an era where bigger, beefier bodies and muscular mayhem rule the trenches like never before, some of the biggest plays are coming from the league's littlest players.

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