athletes The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules The greatest athletes who were overweight or out of shape in their active years and were competing against other fit athletes

The greatest out-of-shape athletes don't fit the mold of the typical athlete with toned limbs and six-pack abs yet they continue to see success in their respective sports despite their extra pounds. We're not talking exclusively sumo wrestlers here either, but actual baseball, football, basketball and golf stars who excelled at professional sports despite also battling obesity. These are unfit athletes who still rocked their sports.

For some athletes, such as linebackers in the National Football League, having a few extra pounds is a good thing as it provides more leverage for blocking. Still, some NFL players take that to a whole 'nother level with New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth each weighing in well over the three century mark. The same can't be said for "big boned" football players at other positions such as Oakland Raiders placekicker Sebastian Janikowski or 2007 first overall NFL draft pick and quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

It's a similar story in the NBA where many players are well conditioned and fit while others take the definition of big and tall to another level. Shaquille O'Neal fits that description perfectly coming in at 7'1" and 325 pounds during his playing days.

Other athletes can get away with the few extra pounds as their respective sports requires less athleticism than others to compete. Golfers are notorious for being overweight with former fatty John Daly among the most notable.

This also goes for MLB players where one of the greatest of all time, Babe Ruth, proved that success is not directly caused by weight. Baseball just might have the most overweight athletes with the likes of Cecil and Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz and Bengie Molina all among the MLB's elite despite their large frames.

While a case could be made that at this weight these guys are not athletes or that if a sport allows participants of this size then they are not really sports but until those rules change, these athletes will continue to break the mold and continue to see success despite resembling large household appliances. Yes, William "Refrigerator" Perry, we're talking to you.

Who the greatest out of shape athletes? This list will give you an answer.
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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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John Daly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
John Daly age 51

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
William Perry age 53

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Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Vince Wilfork age 36

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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Cecil Fielder age 52

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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David Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
David Wells age 54

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John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
John Kruk age 56

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Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Tony Siragusa age 48

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Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
David Ortiz age 42

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Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Mo Vaughn age 48

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Jerome Bettis age 43

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
CC Sabathia age 37

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Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Fernando Valenzuela age 57 - One of the best lefty pitchers in the 1980s.

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Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Yogi Berra age 92

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Roy "Big Country" Ne... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
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Craig Stadler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Craig Stadler age 62

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Warren Sapp age 45

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Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Jack Nicklaus age 77

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Pablo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Kirby Puckett Died at 46 (1960-2006)

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Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Greg Luzinski age 65

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Alisa Kleybanova is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Tony Stewart age 46

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Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Éric Gagné age 39

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Liván Hernández is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Willie Stargell Died at 61 (1940-2001)

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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Ronaldo age 41

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Reggie White Died at 43 (1961-2004)

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Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Nate Newton age 56

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Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Grant Fuhr age 55

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Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Mark Hunt age 43

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2014 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
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Jared Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Glen Davis age 29

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Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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Kent Hrbek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Kent Hrbek age 57