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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671 163
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
2
375 224
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 32
3
273 164
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)
4
99 43
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
5
85 36
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)
6
97 46
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
7
226 146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50
8
48 14
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)
9
189 125
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56
10
137 82
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 54
11
103 64
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93
12
60 30
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87
13
130 94
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53
14
96 66
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
15
173 149
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78
16
93 65
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
17
81 64
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49
18
83 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56
19
29 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)
20
29 15
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39
21
21 8
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
22
50 37
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
23
20 9
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
24
60 50
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75
25
48 36
Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes