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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1
673 165
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
2
381 225
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 32
3
276 164
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)
4
101 43
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
5
88 36
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 46 (1953-1999)
6
228 146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 51
7
53 14
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)
8
97 47
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
9
191 127
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56
10
139 83
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 54
11
105 64
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 94
12
62 30
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 88
13
132 95
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53
14
98 67
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
15
175 150
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 79
16
93 67
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
17
31 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 49 (1909-1958)
18
83 64
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50
19
85 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 57
20
22 9
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
21
29 16
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 40
22
15 3
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90
23
61 51
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 76
24
21 10
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
25
72 63
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 38