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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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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
bud33345 added Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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375 138
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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347 131
John Daly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
John Daly age 49

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296 113
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
William Perry age 53

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272 109
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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211 87
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Vince Wilfork age 36

7
297 141
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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246 110
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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213 94
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Cecil Fielder age 52

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215 96
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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133 48
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Bartolo Colón age 44

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204 98
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Tony Siragusa age 48

13
190 90
John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
MegArbo added John Kruk age 56

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200 97
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
David Wells age 54

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190 100
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
David Ortiz age 42

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116 54
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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146 80
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Mo Vaughn age 48

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160 91
Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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169 101
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Jerome Bettis age 45

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114 61
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added CC Sabathia age 37

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148 91
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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103 58
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
VBL4Sinners added Fernando Valenzuela age 57 - One of the best lefty pitchers in the 1980s.

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97 56
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Yogi Berra age 92

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71 37
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

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38 20
Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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67 50
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Jack Nicklaus age 77

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83 68
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Warren Sapp age 45

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62 47
Craig Stadler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Craig Stadler age 62

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30 14
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
RobLein added Kirby Puckett Died at 46 (1960-2006)

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33 20
Pablo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Pablo Sandoval age 31

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48 43
Alisa Kleybanova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Alisa Kleybanova age 26

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20 13
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Greg Luzinski age 65

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88 94
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Tony Stewart age 46

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15 8
Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added Mark Hunt age 43

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58 60
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
greg mcgary added Sonny Jurgensen age 81

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14 8
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
epos44 added Ben Roethlisberger age 35

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21 18
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
coolmiles added Reggie White Died at 43 (1961-2004)

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27 26
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added Éric Gagné age 39

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24 23
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Willie Stargell Died at 61 (1940-2001)

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34 36
Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Nate Newton age 56

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38 41
Liván Hernández is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Liván Hernández age 40

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20 19
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Glen Davis age 29

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56 66
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Ronaldo age 41

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32 36
Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Grant Fuhr age 53

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63 76
Jared Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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85 105
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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29 35
2014 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
jschro1861 added 2014 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team

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61 77
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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46 59
Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Menime added Carlos Zambrano age 34

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19 24
Kent Hrbek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
BHump added Kent Hrbek age 57