DeAndre Hopkins’ huge hands helped make Hail Mary catch — and millions for Air Jordan
The recaps of the miraculous Kyler Murray Hail Mary pass to beat the Bills have mostly focused on Murray, even though none of it would’ve been possible without DeAndre Hopkins’ large, talented, gloved hands.
It’s those Hopkins hands that have been plastered as a still photograph across whatever form of media you prefer. Hopkins has been regarded throughout his career as having some of the NFL’s best hands, and as it turns out, part of the reason for that is because of how big they are. Who knows if smaller mitts would’ve caught Murray’s desperation heave? Too bad for Hopkins he wasn’t wearing gloves that could’ve earned him some extra dough, though.
Below, you’ll find as much information as you could possibly want on Hopkins’ hands and gloves, along with why he won’t be getting endorsement opportunities directly related to that beautiful still shot of the catch.
How big are DeAndre Hopkins’ hands, glove size?
Hopkins’ hands measure at 10 inches. That measurement is done from the tip of the thumb across the hand to the end of the pinky finger. According to ESPN, only two receivers have measured with larger hands at the NFL Combine since 2013 (Kelvin Benjamin and Henry Ruggs III).
Large hands mean Hopkins has to wear large gloves while playing wide receiver. Kyler Murray told ESPN that Hopkins wears size XXXL gloves and has to cut them to make his hands fit.
“I’m not an expert on receivers or hand size or things of that nature,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told ESPN in September, “but I’ve never seen a player his size with that type of hand width. And he engulfs that thing. I mean, he catches the ball one-handed with ease. I mean, easier than I catch it with two, and that obviously helps who he is as a player.”
DeAndre Hopkins’ catch won’t earn him endorsement money
It’s clear in the close-up photo of Hopkins’ catch against the Bills: He was wearing Jordan Brand gloves, at least on his right hand that’s outwardly facing the camera. Hopkins is not a Nike/Jordan Brand athlete, though, according to Sportico.
That means that unlike with Odell Beckham Jr.’s famous one-handed catch in 2014, Hopkins won’t have a bevy of marketing opportunities surrounding this specific catch. Hopkins was an Adidas athlete up until earlier this year after signing with the company in 2016 to promote the adizero franchise.
A Nike spokesperson told Sportico: “He’s just a huge fan of Jordan, so he did this on his own volition.”
The catch has been big for Jordan Brand itself, though. Media exposure from social media, TV and print has gained Jordan Brand $5.7 million, according to Apex Marketing.
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