There’s been a resurgence of “short kings” in recent years, with those shorter individuals in society really having their moment to shine.
You wouldn’t know that though based on the comments below this video of the Dallas Cowboys 5 foot 5 inch running back Deuce Vaughn.
Vaughn is a rookie out of Kansas State, and definitely embodies the cliche saying “he may not have height, but he’s got heart.” The short speedster lit it up in his three years with the K-State Wildcats, tallying the second most rushing yards for his career in school history.
So the Dallas Cowboys decided to give Vaughn a shot to show out, and chose him with a sixth round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Deuce is the shortest player to ever be drafted into the NFL since the league started tracking measurements at the combine.
This video below has been all over social media, showing Vaughn getting some first-team reps. Though the players are clearly still in “pre-season mode,” Vaughn is able to show off his signature speed:
It’s not uncommon for shorter running backs to have success in the NFL. Vaughn has already drawn comparisons to names of former short halfbacks like Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren Sproles, and they had long, great careers in the league.
Speed is always an asset in the NFL, and I’ve always been told that it’s good for backs to have low centers of gravity, so Deuce Vaughn could be quite the player if he makes it onto Cowboys 53-man roster.
I’m sure he would love to prove all of the doubters wrong, especially the Twitter users who were making all kinds of jokes like these:
5’5" Cowboys RB Deuce Vaughn looks like a toddler who broke loose on the field after stealing someone's phone and won't give it back pic.twitter.com/tofgQTLHRP