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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668 158
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
367 222
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 32

3
270 164
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

4
97 43
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

5
84 35
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

6
96 45
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

7
225 146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

8
187 125
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

9
46 14
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

10
135 82
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 54

11
102 64
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

12
58 30
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

13
96 64
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

14
129 93
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

15
173 148
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

16
91 64
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

17
29 14
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

18
80 64
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

19
82 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

20
28 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

21
20 8
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

22
60 49
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

23
13 2
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90

24
50 37
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

25
20 9
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes