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DuJuan Harris is 'Short People'


DuJuan Harris
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It’s not nice to diss short people. That’s Randy Newman’s point in his song by the same name.

They got little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to pick em up
Just to say hello

Maurice Jones-Drew
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There are players in the NFL who don’t like short people. Mainly defensive linemen and linebackers. People like San Diego Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney. He told SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week that he is worried about the return of 5-7 Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars who has been out of action since October with an injury. The Chargers play the Jags this season. Freeney said he often lines up against offensive linemen who are 6-5, 6-6, 6-7. It’s hard to see where someone 5-7 is.

“Once you see him, he’s gone.” Jones-Drew is short people.

They got little hands
Little eyes
They walk around
Tellin’ great big lies

Baltimore’s Ray Rice is just 5-8. “They said he was too small, too short, not fast enough,” said uncle Robert Rice.

Ray Rice
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Defenders aren’t saying that now, 1,216 carries into his career. Rice is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Add another 311 receptions for 8.7 yards per catch. Ray Rice is short people.

Well, I don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
`Round here

Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin is 5-9. A teammate in college called him the “Muscle Hamster.” The nickname stuck. Martin doesn’t like it. Maybe he uses that for motivation. His rookie stats last year: 319 carries, 1,454 rushing yards,

Doug Martin
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11 rushing TDs, 49 receptions, 472 yards receiving, 1 TD reception. His current preseason fantasy football ranking (NY Times): number two behind Adrian Peterson.

They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Green Bay’s DuJuan Harris is 5-8. Known as “the car salesman” since that is what he was doing this time last year. Harris only played situationally in four regular season games in late 2012 and yet he averaged an impressive 4.6 yards per carry.

Coach Mike McCarthy said this week Harris is the number one back now that number 26 has returned from the physically unable to perform list. Some think he may eventually become just a situational back again in 2013 since the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy. But this could all change if Harris goes “muscle hamster” on defenses this year.

Seeing what Harris had to go through this offseason – the removal of a fist-sized cyst on his chest and the recent return from a knee injury – I will be cheering for Harris to get 4.6 yards per carry again and become the primary back. Lacy could be the short yardage guy. Then those opposing linemen and linebackers will be singing:

They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They’re gonna get you every time
Well, I don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
‘Round here

Oh, Randall Cobb, at 5-10, is technically short people, too. Don’t think opposing defenses like him, either.

Do you think Harris has the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as Ray Rice, Doug Martin, or Maurice Jones Drew? Or am I just singing a wishful tune?

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