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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660 152
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
351 218
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 31

3
260 158
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

4
79 29
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

5
91 42
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

6
86 42
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

7
212 143
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

8
172 121
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 55

9
125 80
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53

10
94 63
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

11
37 14
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

12
52 28
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

13
124 90
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

14
168 147
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

15
85 61
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

16
79 61
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

17
82 64
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

18
79 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

19
25 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

20
24 13
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

21
58 49
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

22
47 36
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

23
69 61
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

24
11 2
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90

25
18 9
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes