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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664 156
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

2
360 220
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 31

3
265 162
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 33 (1940-1973)

4
82 32
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1953-1999)

5
94 43
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

6
92 43
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

7
218 145
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 50

8
180 122
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

9
131 82
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 54

10
99 64
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 93

11
40 14
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 67 (1913-1980)

12
56 28
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 87

13
126 92
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 52

14
92 63
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

15
170 148
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 78

16
88 64
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

17
80 63
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 49

18
28 13
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 39

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81 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 56

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27 14
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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20 8
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

22
60 49
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 75

23
13 2
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes
age 90

24
20 9
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes

25
48 36
Martin St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Male Athletes