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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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598 54
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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149 114
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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144 119
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Barry Sanders age 49

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83 62
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Muggsy Bogues age 52

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90 70
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Mike Tyson age 51

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120 102
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Spud Webb age 54

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195 183
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Lionel Messi age 30

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63 49
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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25 12
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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42 29
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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51 38
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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64 54
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Yogi Berra age 92

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59 49
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Emmitt Smith age 48

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26 14
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Walter Payton Died at 46 (1953-1999)

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Willie Mays age 86

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pelé age 77

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Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Joe Morgan age 74

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Steve Smith age 38

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60 56
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Wes Welker age 36

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33 25
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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35 30
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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62 59
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Doug Flutie age 55

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21 15
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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14 9
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Jesse Owens Died at 67 (1913-1980)

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13 8
George Best is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
George Best Died at 59 (1946-2005)

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Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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17 13
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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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Apolo Ohno age 35

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10 7
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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10 7
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Earl Boykins age 41

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8 5
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Michael Chang age 45

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7 4
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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11 9
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Troy Polamalu age 36

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Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Henri Richard age 81

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12 11
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Calvin Murphy age 69

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David Eckstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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6 4
David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Ferrer age 35

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6 4
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
David Villa age 36

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6 4
Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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8 7
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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7 6
Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Bobby Hull age 78

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7 6
Dan Gable is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dan Gable age 69

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12 12
Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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7 6
Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Santana Moss age 38

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6 5
Romário is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Romário age 51

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5 4
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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6 7
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Garrincha Died at 50 (1933-1983)

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4 3
Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Pee Wee Reese Died at 81 (1918-1999)