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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504 88
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
bud33345 added Died at 53 (1895-1948)

2
465 176
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

3
411 160
John Daly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

4
354 137
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

5
400 175
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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323 132
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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198 61
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 45

8
277 107
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 37

9
295 134
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

10
247 111
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 55

11
251 119
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

12
233 109
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 55

13
240 116
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 43

14
218 106
John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
MegArbo added age 57

15
227 115
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 51

16
206 114
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 46

17
143 70
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Died at 54 (1960-2014)

18
190 107
Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

19
164 92
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 51

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142 76
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 38

21
170 113
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

22
117 72
Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
VBL4Sinners added age 58 - One of the best lefty pitchers in the 1980s.

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82 46
Roy "Big Country" Ne... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
BarbL added Roy "Big Country" Nelson MMA Fighter

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111 73
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 93

25
61 34
Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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104 78
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 46

27
34 17
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
epos44 added age 36

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41 25
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
RobLein added Died at 46 (1960-2006)

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76 63
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 78

30
45 33
Pablo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 32

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66 57
Craig Stadler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 65

32
26 14
Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added age 44

33
53 49
Alisa Kleybanova is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 29

34
100 105
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 47

35
27 20
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 68

36
29 24
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
coolmiles added Died at 43 (1961-2004)

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30 27
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Died at 61 (1940-2001)

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61 65
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
greg mcgary added age 84

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33 31
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added age 42

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26 23
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 32

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65 73
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 42

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41 44
Liván Hernández is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 43

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36 38
Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 56

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35 39
Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 57

45
54 64
Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Menime added age 37

46
36 41
2014 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
jschro1861 added 2014 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team

47
92 114
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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66 82
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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65 81
Jared Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

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15 19
Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
bob-nerry added age 31