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The Best Short Male Athletes  

Tanner Arnold
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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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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
2
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 32
3
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)
4
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
5
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)
6
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 46 (1953-1999)
7
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
8
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 51
9
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 54
10
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56
11
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 88
12
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 94
13
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
14
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53
15
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 79
16
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
17
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 49 (1909-1958)
18
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 57
19
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50
20
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
21
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 91
22
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 40
23
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
24
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
25
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes