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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651 131
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
324 210
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 31

3
235 146
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

4
80 33
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

5
65 24
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

6
198 136
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

7
73 37
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

8
157 115
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 55

9
112 75
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 53

10
164 139
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

11
79 52
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

12
84 60
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

13
45 24
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

14
115 86
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

15
26 10
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

16
75 57
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

17
74 58
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

18
16 5
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

19
55 45
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

20
22 11
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

21
44 32
Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

22
73 64
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

23
18 9
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

24
22 13
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

25
43 34
Martin St. Louis 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
13 5
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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

31
24 17
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

32
10 3
Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 81 (1918-1999)

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
14 10
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 37

38
12 8
Bobby Hull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 79

39
17 14
Theoren Fleury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

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
8 6
Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

47
4 2
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 58

48
5 3
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 70 (1927-1997)

49
5 3
Nellie Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 48 (1927-1975)

50
5 3
Luis Aparicio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 84