How tall do you have to be to play in the Super Bowl? This year the answer is "less than the Halftime Show performer." That's right, there are players in Super Bowl LVII who aren't even as tall as Rihanna. Exactly how tall is Rihanna you ask? Let's dive into everything there is to know about Rihanna's height.
Rihanna's Height Puts Her Head and Shoulders Above Some Running Backs
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The average height for an NFL player is 6-foot-2. The average height for men and women in the United States is 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-4, respectively. That puts RiRi, who left Chris Brown in favor of A$AP Rocky, at an above-average height, but undersized for a football player, even by high school standards. And yet there are players playing in the game that are shorter than the Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards winning superstar. Specifically, Eagles running back Boston Scott at 5-foot-6 inches and Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at 5-foot-7. Rihanna's height is listed at 5-foot-8, making the Barbadian singer taller than at least one member of each team playing in the Super Bowl.
Now, it is not surprising the two players shorter than the Fenty Beauty CEO are running backs. Historically, that position is the shortest in football, as speed over size can be a benefit. One of the greatest running backs of all time, Barry Sanders, was only 5-foot-8, the same as the Umbrella singer. Even New York legend Tiki Barber struggled to make double-digits, coming in at 5-foot-10.
With that in mind, it would be foolish to think the Edwards-Helaire or Scott are at too much of a disadvantage with their diminutive size. Nor should the father of the "A Girl Like Me" singer's son, ASAP Rocky, who is 5-foot-10, believe he would not be tall enough to play football if that's what he wants to do when he grows up. Though, being the son of a fantastic rapper and an elite businesswoman, maybe he'll have other aspirations in life. Even for the "Music of the Sun" singer's brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty may just clear the bar for football participation.
When Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael, Barbados to Ronald Fenty and Monica Braithwaite, her future music career was unforeseeable, let alone her highly successful business ventures such as Fenty Beauty and her Savage x Fenty lingerie line. To many, the Def Jam and Roc Nation artist and songwriter is second only to Beyonce, someone else whom has performed in a Super Bowl halftime show. Beyonce would only be taller than Edwards-Helaire if she was performing this year. Maybe that's an advantage for the Chiefs. They have the only player shorter than both Rihanna and Beyonce, two of the biggest, most unapologetic superstars the world has ever seen. Well, before we factor in high heels at least.
To top it all off, when Rihanna takes center stage ready to plow away last year's show that starred Hip-Hop celebs like Snoop Dogg and Eminem, the "Good Girl Gone Bad" singer will show the world that you don't need height to climb the Billboard 200 or to amass a net worth that rivals that of Jay-Z and Drake. What you need, is the talent to pull off a performance that rivals any music video. No offense to Katy Perry.
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