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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547 97
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
497 193
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

3
446 172
John Daly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 53

4
233 67
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 46

5
377 148
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 57

6
346 141
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

7
426 191
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

8
298 121
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 38

9
314 146
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

10
265 119
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

11
249 113
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

12
269 127
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

13
263 125
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 44

14
231 109
John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
MegArbo added age 58

15
238 122
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

16
218 121
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 47

17
204 111
Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

18
161 82
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 39

19
156 79
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Dec. at 54 (1960-2014)

20
171 99
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

21
128 75
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
176 123
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

23
91 52
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

24
119 78
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 94

25
69 37
Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports