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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 49

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Muggsy Bogues age 50

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Willie Mays age 84

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Barry Sanders age 47

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Spud Webb age 52

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pelé age 75

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Lionel Messi age 28

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Yogi Berra age 90

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Walter Payton Died at 46 (1953-1999)

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Joe Morgan age 72

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Doug Flutie age 53

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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Wes Welker age 34

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Emmitt Smith age 46

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

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Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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David Eckstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Earl Boykins age 39

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Henri Richard age 79

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Troy Polamalu age 34

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Apolo Ohno age 33

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Steve Smith age 36

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
George Best Died at 59 (1946-2005)

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Calvin Murphy age 67

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David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Ferrer age 33

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Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Tim Raines age 56

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Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Michael Chang age 43

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Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Santana Moss age 36

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Pernell Whitaker 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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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Romário age 49

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

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Bob Sanders is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bob Sanders age 33

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Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bobby Hull age 76

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Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Gary Player age 80

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Brian Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes