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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657 143
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
253 151
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

3
76 24
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

4
339 215
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 31

5
85 39
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

6
81 40
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

7
206 140
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

8
167 118
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 55

9
122 78
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53

10
92 61
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

11
32 11
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

12
50 27
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

13
120 89
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

14
166 146
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

15
82 58
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

16
79 60
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

17
80 61
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

18
24 12
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

19
76 65
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

20
58 48
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

21
18 8
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

22
17 7
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

23
19 9
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

24
24 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

25
46 35
Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

26
46 35
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

27
68 60
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

28
43 36
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

29
11 3
Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 81 (1918-1999)

30
19 11
George Best is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 59 (1946-2005)

31
18 11
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1960-2006)

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

33
9 2
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90

34
24 18
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

35
13 8
Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 79

36
30 28
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 42

37
27 23
Henri Richard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 82

38
15 11
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

39
18 14
Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

40
11 7
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

41
10 6
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 46

42
29 29
Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 36

43
10 7
Dan Gable is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 70

44
9 6
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

45
9 6
Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

46
9 6
Haile Gebrselassie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

47
5 2
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 58

48
6 3
Nellie Fox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 48 (1927-1975)

49
6 3
Luis Aparicio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 84

50
14 12
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 59