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Rangers spotlight: Too small to play, Ryan Rua enjoyed football on big screen

Rangers spotlight: Too small to play, Ryan Rua enjoyed football on big screen

Rangers left-fielder Ryan Rua says he was too small to play high school football, but calls Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights his two favorite sports films (Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).
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Rangers left-fielder Ryan Rua says he was too small to play high school football, but calls Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights his two favorite sports films (Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua wasn’t big enough, he says, to play football in high school.

Now, it’s hard to tell, but Rua was only 5-foot-7 and about 155 pounds as a senior at Steele High School in Amherst, Ohio.

Now, at age 25, Rua is 6-2, 205 pounds and looks like he could knock a receiver’s block off from the safety position.

So it’s no wonder his two favorite sports films are football related. The recent classic Remember the Titans and Fright Night Lights reign supreme for Rua. Both are true stories that follow teams that had to overcome locker room turmoil (among other issues) to coalesce into champions.

“It’s about a group of guys coming together to compete, odds stacked against them throughout the season,” Rua said. “Enjoyable movies from beginning to end.”

The fact that both are based on real teams and real people makes them even more fascinating. “Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I think that makes it a cooler experience, just to be able to capture that and see how it was.”

For baseball, a clubhouse favorite is emerging. Rua named The Sandlot as his favorite.

“That’s how I was too, always running around with my friends trying to get a game going somewhere,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of truth to the movie.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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