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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653 136
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
329 211
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 31

3
241 149
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

4
70 24
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

5
82 36
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

6
201 137
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

7
76 38
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

8
161 116
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 55

9
116 76
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53

10
88 60
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

11
47 25
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

12
165 142
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

13
80 54
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

14
116 87
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

15
28 11
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

16
76 58
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

17
76 59
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

18
56 46
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

19
45 33
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

20
16 6
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

21
73 64
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

22
23 13
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

23
22 12
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

24
44 34
Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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

26
66 60
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

27
42 36
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

28
16 8
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

29
19 11
George Best is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 59 (1946-2005)

30
24 17
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

31
10 3
Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 81 (1918-1999)

32
13 6
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

33
17 11
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1960-2006)

34
8 2
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90

35
11 6
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

36
27 23
Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 82

37
12 8
Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 79

38
17 14
Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

39
14 11
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

40
28 28
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 42

41
10 7
Dan Gable is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 70

42
9 6
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 46

43
9 6
Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

44
28 29
Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 36

45
14 12
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 70

46
9 7
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

47
8 6
Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

48
6 4
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 62

49
4 2
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 58

50
5 3
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 70 (1927-1997)