Best Athletes The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules The greatest athletes who were overweight or out of shape in their active years and were competing against other fit athletes

The greatest out-of-shape athletes don't fit the mold of the typical athlete with toned limbs and six-pack abs yet they continue to see success in their respective sports despite their extra pounds. We're not talking exclusively sumo wrestlers here either, but actual baseball, football, basketball and golf stars who excelled at professional sports despite also battling obesity. These are unfit athletes who still rocked their sports.

For some athletes, such as linebackers in the National Football League, having a few extra pounds is a good thing as it provides more leverage for blocking. Still, some NFL players take that to a whole 'nother level with New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth each weighing in well over the three century mark. The same can't be said for "big boned" football players at other positions such as Oakland Raiders placekicker Sebastian Janikowski or 2007 first overall NFL draft pick and quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

It's a similar story in the NBA where many players are well conditioned and fit while others take the definition of big and tall to another level. Shaquille O'Neal fits that description perfectly coming in at 7'1" and 325 pounds during his playing days.

Other athletes can get away with the few extra pounds as their respective sports requires less athleticism than others to compete. Golfers are notorious for being overweight with former fatty John Daly among the most notable.

This also goes for MLB players where one of the greatest of all time, Babe Ruth, proved that success is not directly caused by weight. Baseball just might have the most overweight athletes with the likes of Cecil and Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz and Bengie Molina all among the MLB's elite despite their large frames.

While a case could be made that at this weight these guys are not athletes or that if a sport allows participants of this size then they are not really sports but until those rules change, these athletes will continue to break the mold and continue to see success despite resembling large household appliances. Yes, William "Refrigerator" Perry, we're talking to you.

Who the greatest out of shape athletes? This list will give you an answer.
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544 95
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
bud33345 added Dec. at 53 (1895-1948)

2
493 193
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

3
443 170
John Daly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 53

4
228 67
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 46

5
375 147
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 57

6
343 141
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

7
423 188
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

8
294 120
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 38

9
312 145
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

10
263 119
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

11
247 113
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

12
267 127
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

13
262 124
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 44

14
229 109
John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
MegArbo added age 58

15
237 121
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

16
217 120
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 47

17
203 111
Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

18
155 78
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Dec. at 54 (1960-2014)

19
159 82
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 39

20
169 99
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

21
128 74
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
VBL4Sinners added age 59 - One of the best lefty pitchers in the 1980s.

22
176 122
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

23
119 77
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 94

24
91 52
Roy "Big Country" Ne... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
BarbL added Roy "Big Country" Nelson MMA Fighter

25
68 37
Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports