sports The Best Short Male Athletes  

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List Rules Professional male athletes under 5'10" from all sports, excluding horse racing

The best short male athletes include World Series champions, Super Bowl winners, Stanley Cup hoisters and Olympic gold medalists but they all share one thing in common, their shorter stature. The best short athletes prove that despite their height, people of all shapes and sizes can be successful professional athletes. All 5'10" or shorter, these athletes are not just the best at their height but also among the best athletes of all time.

For a lot of these athletes, their height can work in their advantage or at least not pose a hindrance on their playing ability. Football players like Barry Sanders, Wes Welker and Ray Rice embrace their height and use it to run fast down the field to rack up yardage and touchdowns. Top boxers, such as the shorter ones like Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., are the same way with height not much of a factor to their sport.

But for others, being the short guy on the team means you are already at a disadvantage before you even step on the court. That surely didn't stop great short basketball players like Spud Webb, Earl Boykins and Calvin Murphy from having successful careers.

So while these short athletes might have faced adversity and been told that they would never make it, like legendary NFL player Doug Flutie was, they all worked harder and pushed further to achieve their dreams. These best short male athletes really do show that good things definitely do come in small packages.

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bruce Lee Died at 33 (1940-1973)

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mike Tyson age 51

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Muggsy Bogues age 52

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Spud Webb age 54

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Barry Sanders age 49

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Lionel Messi age 30

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Willie Mays age 86

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pelé age 77

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Yogi Berra age 92

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Walter Payton Died at 46 (1953-1999)

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Joe Morgan age 74

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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Wes Welker age 36

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Emmitt Smith age 48

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Doug Flutie age 55

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Earl Boykins age 41

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Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Steve Smith age 38

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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David Eckstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Jesse Owens Died at 67 (1913-1980)

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Henri Richard age 81

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Apolo Ohno age 35

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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Calvin Murphy age 69

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Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Michael Chang age 45

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David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Ferrer age 35

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Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Troy Polamalu age 36

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Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
George Best Died at 59 (1946-2005)

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Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Santana Moss age 38

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Romário age 51

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Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Darrell Green age 57

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Ben Hogan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Ben Hogan Died at 85 (1912-1997)

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Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Tim Raines age 58

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Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bobby Hull age 78

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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes