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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521 92
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
476 182
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

3
426 164
John Daly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 52

4
362 140
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 56

5
213 63
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 45

6
413 178
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

7
331 137
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

8
286 115
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 37

9
302 138
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

10
253 114
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 55

11
252 119
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 43

12
259 124
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

13
239 112
David Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 55

14
224 109
John Kruk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
MegArbo added age 57

15
233 119
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 51

16
212 118
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 46

17
197 110
Eric Esch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

18
146 74
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added Died at 54 (1960-2014)

19
150 80
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 38

20
167 96
Mo Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 51

21
175 118
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

22
122 74
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.

23
118 75
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 93

24
87 50
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
65 35
Emmanuel Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

26
106 79
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 46

27
38 21
Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
epos44 added age 36

28
78 64
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 78

29
43 27
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
RobLein added Died at 46 (1960-2006)

30
67 58
Craig Stadler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 65

31
46 35
Pablo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 32

32
28 16
Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added age 44

33
54 50
Alisa Kleybanova is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 29

34
28 21
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 68

35
100 107
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
age 47

36
63 66
Sonny Jurgensen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
greg mcgary added age 84

37
69 76
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 42

38
29 27
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
coolmiles added Died at 43 (1961-2004)

39
27 25
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added age 32

40
38 39
Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 56

41
33 34
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
C_Moorehead added age 42

42
42 47
Liván Hernández is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 43

43
30 32
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
slaft added Died at 61 (1940-2001)

44
37 41
Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 57

45
56 66
Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
Menime added age 37

46
36 43
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
92 117
JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

48
66 83
Jared Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

49
66 84
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

50
32 41
Jonathan Broxton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports
KirkSaw added age 34