Best Athletes 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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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Lionel Messi age 31

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bruce Lee Died at 33 (1940-1973)

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Walter Payton Died at 46 (1953-1999)

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Barry Sanders age 50

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Spud Webb age 55

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Yogi Berra age 93

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pelé age 78

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Muggsy Bogues age 53

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Willie Mays age 87

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mike Tyson age 52

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Emmitt Smith age 49

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Jesse Owens Died at 67 (1913-1980)

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Steve Smith age 39

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Joe Morgan age 75

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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Doug Flutie age 56

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Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Wes Welker age 37

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Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
George Best Died at 59 (1946-2005)

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Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pee Wee Reese Died at 81 (1918-1999)

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Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Kirby Puckett Died at 46 (1960-2006)

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David Villa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Villa age 37

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Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Henri Richard age 82

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Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Whitey Ford age 90

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Troy Polamalu age 37

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Earl Boykins age 42

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Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bobby Hull age 79

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

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Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Michael Chang age 46

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Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Calvin Murphy age 70

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Dan Gable is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dan Gable age 70

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Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Santana Moss age 39

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Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Darrell Green age 58

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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Garrincha Died at 50 (1933-1983)

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David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Ferrer age 36