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Size won't stand in Vilma's way

Jonathan Vilma might be a little short by NFL linebacker standards, but the former Miami standout is a playmaker.

Updated: February 23, 2004, 11:00 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Smart enough to know that size really does matter, especially in the career into which he will shortly (no pun intended) step, Jonathan Vilma made sure that he stood ramrod tall during a Sunday media session here.

No bending over the podium for the University of Miami middle linebacker. Certainly no slouching into the microphone. Appear too short at the NFL combine, even for a media crowd that has no vote in any teams' draft room during the first round or any other stanza ...

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