Size Doesn’t Matter

Marshall - Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Entered on April 1, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Size Doesn’t Mater – This I Believe

In sports, I have always been told that size doesn’t matter. You should play with no fear and give it your all. I always listened to my coaches when they told me that. I would play my hardest and let nothing stop me. Many star athletes have played sports even though they were small. Two that I favor the most are Spud Webb and Dustin Pedroia. They have succeeded at the pro level and even though I am not playing at such a high level, I will succeed as well.

I started out in my first year of football in sixth grade. I played cornerback. I was 4’ 11’’ and weighed 88 pounds. In my first year my team won the CFC Super Bowl. The second year I played we lost in the playoffs and the third year we got killed. Even though the team performance was not what I wanted, I still gave my very best. In our last season, I averaged ten tackles a game, had seven interceptions and returned three for touchdowns. I was the smallest kid on the football field but that never stopped me from excelling towards my goal.

Another athlete is Spud Webb. He stood 5’6’’ and lasted 13 years in the NBA. Being the shortest player on the court did not stop him from excelling to be his best. He worked hard and never quit. He was the shortest person in the NBA to win a dunk contest. He also played for the Pistons, Hawks, Kings, Timber Wolves and Magic. On the basketball court, he never let size control his game.

My last example is a short second baseman that plays for the Boston Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia is 5’ 9’’ and has not been affected once by his height. He has hit 27 homeruns, bats with a .313 average and has 27 stolen bases in his career. He has also been to two World Series winning one of them. Size never stopped him from showing his talent.

In sports size is a good thing to have on your side but it never wins championships. Playing with heart and giving every thing you have is what matters. This is true in all aspects of your life. If you are ever told that you are too small to do something, you need to ignore it and give it all you have.