The World’s Largest and Tallest Athletes That Make Us Look Minute

Most athletes are generally large, However, not many of us ever thought they were ‘that’ large! Take NBA’s Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers, for example, who’s a “tiny” mere 5’9″. Most of his opponents are on ordinary 6’7″. But then there are the exceptions of the “big athlete” rule; the ones that are beyond big. Some athletes are so massive, they need special requirements for their transportation.

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When people discuss the biggest athletes and sportsmen of all time, they generally have a lot of achievements, victories, and awards in mind. But some athletes are “big” in another way altogether. Some of these athletes have reached the top of their sports goals and careers, while others have sadly failed to make their mark. Regardless, they will all go down in history for being literally bigger than average. These are the world’s biggest athletes from back in the day up to today. And they’re not all male!

Sun Mingming is as Big as it Gets

Do you remember the movie ‘Rush Hour’? Well, this walking giant is from the later part of the movie, but basketball fans will also know of him as Sun Mingming who played in the CBA. He’s the two-time champion from 2012 and 2014. Ming is the tallest basketball player in the world! He stands at 7’9″!

Sun Ming Ming and The Rock
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You are probably wondering how Sun Mingming would have a girlfriend, being that tall. However, based on research back in 2015, Sun and his wife, Xu Yan were the world’s tallest married couple in the world. The Chinese couple was recognized by the Guinness World Record in 2016! Here’s a fun way of looking at it, they have a combined height of 13 feet and 10.72 inches!

The Big Show is Big as Ever

The Big Show wrestled for decades and to this day is one of the largest wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring. Before his persona as the ‘Big Show’, his character was simply The Giant in the WCW. The name change happened when he joined the WWE. The 7-foot 450-pound giant is one of the most decorated wrestlers in history. His signature move was “The Choke Slam,” which pretty much ended the competition.

The Big Show and Lenny Kravitz
Source: Horizon Times

The Big Show is not only famous for beating the life out of people in the ring, no. He has appeared in over 30 television shows. I think people are really amazed by him or they simply can’t get enough of him. No matter the genre of shows you like to watch, you’ll always have a piece of the Big Show.

Shaq Attack

Well, this is a no-brainer and doesn’t quite come as a surprise to us. When Shaq was 10 years old, he was already six feet and four inches tall. In the mid-80s, kids would quit basketball all the time because of Shaq. In fact, a member’s father of the opposition team stormed onto the court and removed his son, exclaiming that Shaq was too big to be 10 years old.

Shaquille O’Neal
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Shaquille O’Neal fans know that this huge dude is a four-time NBA champion. There’s a statue outside the Staples Center of him dunking a ball in the net. He played every one of his games with passion and force. O’Neal was unstoppable; his only downfall was not being able to hit from the free-throw line. Being 7’1″ and 325 lbs, the only team tactic was to give Shaq an intentional foul to send him to the free-throw line.

Yo Yo, Yao Ming

Yao Ming from China was in the NBA and played for the Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011. Sadly, he was forced to retire early due to a foot injury that needed to be handled properly. Ming is so big that in 2016 when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the man who puts their jackets on was too small to help Ming. Luckily, Shaquille O’Neal was there and so he quickly assisted with putting the jacket on Ming.

Yao Ming
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Wow, now this is impressive too. By Yao’s fourth birthday, he was already way taller than the ordinary eight-year-old kids. While other children his age rode public transportation for free, he had to pay full fare because of his size. I was going to say that I would have felt bad for his mother (labor and all), but his parents are quite lengthy too.

Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant stood at 7’4″ and weighed over 500 lbs. Andre Roussimoff was born in France and had some interesting quirks. For example, he liked moving cars as pranks. André rarely lifted weights for extra power. His resistance training came in the form of moving his friends’ cars around. Apparently, the smaller vehicles were slid over to tight spaces or turned to face the other direction.

Andre the Giant
Source: Bleacher Report

Back in 1950, Samuel Beckett used to drive Andre to school because there were no school buses. For those of you who don’t know who Samuel is, he is a playwright novelist. Of course, like most messed up, bored communities in this world, they put a negative twist on this story. However, Andre would sit in the back of the pickup truck and that was it.

Meet the Biggest (And Fastest) Man

Standing next to Usain Bolt is rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is of average height. So you can see that the world’s fastest man is way taller than most people. Bolt wasn’t even supposed to dominate the world of sprinting. “Ten years ago,” Dr. Ian Bezodis told The Telegraph, “most people would have said that being above average height is a disadvantage for sprinters.” At 6’5″, Bolt has changed the way we view athletics.

Usain Bolt and Kendrick Lamar
Source: Horizon Times

Okay, it’s no secret but this sturdy Jamaican is also famous for cracking jokes. But not the kind of jokes that have you in stitches, no.  and once he was detained by the police for his practical jokes and even his primary coach, McNeil sometimes got frustrated by his penchant jokes.

UFC’s The Skyscraper

Stefan Struve got the nickname of “The Skyscraper” for a good reason. He’s 7 feet tall and competes in a sport where no one comes near to that height. And his height isn’t a disadvantage at all. “I don’t really see a disadvantage (on being so tall), as long as you use it the way you should use it. If you use it the way you should use it, then there’s not a lot of things they can do,” Struve said in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Stefan Struve
Source: Sherdog

Stefan grew up in the Netherlands where he played football up until the age of just 14 years old. When his brother brought him to a local martial arts gym (which is owned by Bob Schreiber), Stefan decided that he’d like to seek a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) instead. Struve had his first and only amateur MMA fight when he was 16 years old where he won with a  head kick knockout move.

Mr. Roboto

Peter Crouch’s height is legendary. His nickname, by the way, is Mr. Roboto. And when Crouch was younger, coaches didn’t really believe in his soccer abilities. They figured he was too tall. Crouch said it wasn’t easy being a tall, skinny teenager. But Crouch turned doubters into believers. The 6’7″ striker became a world-renowned player.

Peter Crouch
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To all those ‘doubters’ out there. Peter Crouch has a £40,000 weekly salary. Oh, and that’s not all folks, he has an estimated net worth of around $ 35 million at present. Now, for those of the people who didn’t believe in him, look how successful he made himself by simply believing in his abilities! By the way, he has a super gorgeous wife, a model named Abbey Clancy.

The Heights of Tennis

Tennis is an intense sport that takes precision. For Ivo Karlovic, his height of 6’11” helps when he has to reach to make a return hit, but his height isn’t easy when it comes to training. Karlovic has said that it’s not easy to move around in the field. “I always have to run there, so it’s a challenge. I try to work hard on the resistance,” he said.

Ivo Karlovic
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Ivo Karlovic was born on February 29, 1979, which makes him 40 now. He is a Croatian professional tennis player and became a pro back in 2000. This lengthy guy was born in Zagreb, Croatia. If you are a fan of tennis, so this last bit of information will only make sense to you, lol. Ivo plays tennis right hand, one-hand backhand.

America’s Beast

This USC player stands at 6’5″ and 312 lbs. Tyron Smith (number 77) is considered the best blindside offensive lineman in the NFL. Defensive linemen exert all of their efforts trying to get past Smith. A Moreno Valley native, he has enough strength to go with his size, making himself a nightmare for defensive coordinators. He once pushed a defender five yards with one little shove.

Tyron Smith
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This man is gifted and can go really far in his career. However, he is related to a bunch of awful people who only want his money. When Tyron went on to sign a rookie contract for $12.5 million, his biggest problem was getting away from family who wanted to bleed him dry. It’s sad that the family crawls out of the woodworks wanting something from you as soon as your publically doing well.

Greece’s Powerhouse

There is an explanation behind the nickname the Greek Freak. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a freak of nature. He is so tall that it only takes him three dribbles to go across the 94-foot-long court and perform a slam dunk. The length of the average adult male hand is 7.4 inches. Antetokounmpo’s hand length is 12 inches. His ‘pinch grip’ is thus really strong on a 29.5-inch basketball. The Greek Freak stands at 6’11”.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Source: Bleacher Report

The ‘Greek Freak’ was loved by many before he hit the court. He has quite an incredible and humbling background story. Growing up, he came from a very poor family who are originally Nigerian Immigrants. He and his family immigrated to Greece where they still remained poor. They eventually made their way to the US leading Giannis to the NBA!

A Football Giant

The former Georgia Tech defensive tackle, T.J. Barnes, weighs 364 lbs and stands at 6’7″. That makes him bigger than most players in a league that already includes some of the biggest humans in the world. Barnes is so big when he joined the NFL that some teams didn’t take him because they feared that he was too big.

T.J. Barnes
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Barnes went to Enterprise High School in Alabama. He was rated as the 48th-best offensive tackle prospect nationally by and also was ranked by as the 18th-best prep prospect in the state of Alabama. That’s pretty impressive for elementary school years. He went on to playing college football at Georgia Tech. He then went on to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meet Canada’s Giant

During Sim Bhullar’s stint in the NBA, he was the tallest active player in the league. But height didn’t translate to talent for him and he now plays overseas professionally for the Dacin Tigers in the Taiwanese Super Basketball League. Bhullar is 7’5″ and also made NBA history by being the first Indian player in the league.

Sim Bhullar
Source: Vice

Let’s put it this way, he is a 7ft 5in work in progress. However, Sim Bhullar put in the work to earn a proposal from Sacramento.  He is the first-ever NBA player of Indian descent. How did Sim become such an asset on pro basketball’s fastest team? Well, he worked to find a way. Sim said, “I try to get guys to play as hard as they can for as long as they can which is usually about two minutes.”

Tall People Party

7’2″ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a killer on the court. His height advantage was unfair for opponents but he made it even harder when he would do his signature “Sky Hook.” That shot is hard for people to pull off. Abdul-Jabar told Esquire, “I’m able to notice things before other people. That is one advantage. When I was young and living in New York, I’d be standing on the subway platform and people would want to know ‘What train is coming?’”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others on the red carpet
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Kareem has actually spent more of his time in life as a best-selling author rather than a professional basketball player. Yet, for Abdul-Jabbar, who still retains the NBA’s career scoring record, his second act as an author isn’t new information as the continuation of an inquisitiveness that preceded his status as a living sports legend.

The Big Curry

Eddy Curry had the height as well as the potential to be great. But he didn’t have the mentality. At 7 feet and 300 pounds, he let his mass get the best of him. Running up and down the court with other big-bodied players is hard if you’re out of shape! One season was really bad when he was meant to play for new head coach Mike D’Antoni, who preferred an up-tempo style of play.

Eddy Curry
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The seven-footer guy was not as unstoppable as we imagined on the boards, or as a matter of fact, a difference-maker on defense. Regardless, he could score and he could definitely take up space in the paint. For many, these qualities are more than enough to make him a fairly important player in a league that was (and still is) starved for productive centers.

The Female Powerhouse of the WNBA

Avid sports fans will say that the WNBA is more of a technical sport than the NBA is. The women aren’t as athletic and rely more on skills and fundamentals. Yet, Margo Dydek could have hit it off with the big boys. She stood at 7’2″! Dydek weighed 223 lbs and had a 7-foot wingspan. She was drafted number one overall in 1998.

Margo Dydek
Source: CBS News

Unfortunately, she passed away in 2011 at the age of 37. Her story is quite sad. Margo was actually pregnant and carrying her third child when she suffered from a heart attack. She was at an early stage in her pregnancy. A week after that the 37-year-old went into a medically induced coma. Her team released a statement saying, “Always in our hearts — Margo. You were a much-loved member of our community and we will miss you greatly. Our hearts go out to your family.”

The Savage Suh

Ndamukong Suh, the 6’4″, 307-pound lineman, earned himself a bad reputation over his playing career. Having done cruel things to other players like stomping one out, it’s hard to get the support of fans and peers. “Coaches had been begging him to play,” GQ wrote. “A kid that big? That nimble? Suddenly his size, his muscle mass, were assets… He was encouraged to hit people.”

Ndamukong Suh
Source: Turf Show Times

Friends, people out there, he didn’t mean to hurt you! We know he is known for his gratuitous violence and for playing dirty, but he’s happy to explain why he plays as he does. First of all, he knows the game and he knows his role in the game. He plays like he does because this is his role. In general, he is “soft-spoken.” HE went on to say, “Where I am today isn’t just because of my hard work and family and friends but from the village of people that have been around me and always taken care of me.”

Dalip Singh Rana aka “The Great Khali”

Dalip Singh Rana from WWE was named “The Great Khali.” He let his presence be known in the ring with an incredible height of 7’1” and weighing 347 lbs. Rana’s size is due to the condition of acromegaly, which causes gigantism and chin protrusion. He won the WWE Heavyweight Championship in 2007, making him the first Indian world champion in WWE’s history. Before being a wrestler, he worked as a police officer in India.

Dalip Singh Rana
Source: Horizon Times

Before beginning his professional wrestling career, he was a police officer for the Punjab state police. Other than that, he has also appeared in four Hollywood movies, two Bollywood movies, and numerous television shows. He also appeared on a live internet with the daredevil Johnny Knoxville. However, when Johnny questioned the Khali ‘taliwacker’ he grew angry and threatened to throw the table over onto Johnny.

All Muscle

He’s 5’11”, but Ronnie Coleman weighs 300 lbs. If you recall, that’s the same weight as a much taller offensive lineman. The Olympic weightlifter is ripped beyond belief. His arm is the size of a 10-year-old child. Coleman said that what gives him an edge over others is the way he trains.

Ronnie Coleman
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Olympic Weightlifting first emerged back in the 1896 Olympics (feel young?) and then again back in 1904. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until 1920 that the sport was permanently recognized as an Olympic Sport. With the time, by 1932, five weight divisions were established and the agreed-upon lifts were strict press, snatch and clean and jerk. This kind of sport takes a lot of commitment and quite a toll on you.

A Tower of a Man

Manute Bol was already 6’10” when he was just 14 years old, which is taller than 99% of American adults and even most of the NBA. Once he reached his height of 7’7″, he was tied for being the tallest player to ever play in the NBA. But Bol didn’t like basketball. At least not at first. But his father and older brothers always wanted him to play.

Manute Bol and others including Arnold Schwarzenegger
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The NBA was formerly known as the Basketball Association of America back in 1946. One of the groups were named ‘Providence Steamrollers’. This team remained for a total of only three seasons, accumulating a record of 46-122. I thought I’d add, I’m not that surprised. With a snappy name like the Steamrollers, it would be hard to attract talented players to their team.

Wladimir Klitschko

Former professional boxer, Wladimir Klitschko, competed for more than two decades before he retired in 2017. The 6’6″ two-time world heavyweight champion weighs 245 pounds. He ended his boxing career with 64 wins (out of 69 fights) and 53 were by knockout. If you’re not familiar with him, you may be familiar with his fiancé, actress Hayden Panettiere. The two had a daughter in 2014. At 5’4″, Panettiere is 14 inches shorter than her man.

Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
Source: Bleacher Report

There are two different types of boxing. You have your professional boxing and your amateur boxing. Regardless of the type, it’s supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three-minute intervals called rounds. This sport dates back to as early as 688 BC. Ancient Greeks made it part of the Olympic games!

Kevin Garnett Towers Over Us

Kevin Garnett used to play in the NBA (no surprise there). For 21 seasons between 1995 and 2016, Garnett was a power forward and center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets. He became the first NBA player ever to be drafted directly out of high school in more than 20 years.

Kevin Garnett
Source: Twitter

Well known for his defensive ability, intensity, and versatility, he is recognized as one of the greatest power forwards in history. Garnett’s height is listed as 6’11” by the National Basketball Association, he’s widely accepted to be at least 7 feet tall. He was measured at 7’1″ while wearing his basketball shoes. I don’t know if you noticed, but these tall dudes always look so friendly and warm, you just want to hug them.

Pau Gasol Saez Stands Tall

Pau Gasol Sáez plays for the San Antonia Spurs at 7 feet. Despite his height, Gasol is quick on the court, allowing him to play both center and forward positions. Gasol originally wanted to be a doctor. He became interested in medicine when he found out that Magic Johnson was HIV-positive in 1991. He enrolled in medical school in Barcelona but left as his basketball career advanced.

Pau Gasol Sáez
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Like I mentioned above, these guys look so friendly and warm. You almost wish you could grow a bit or a lot, so you could just give them a tight squeeze. Pau was actually born in Barcelona. Both his mom and dad were basketball players in organized leagues! His parents are both extremely tall as well. Okay, now we know where he gets it from!

The Battle of the Basketball Brothers

Following his older brother Pau’s footsteps, Marc Gasol is also a professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s 7’1″, just slightly taller than his big brother (like that could be possible, but it is). Like Pau, Marc started playing at a young age, eventually getting the nickname “The Big Burrito.”

Marc Gasol
Source: Horizon Times

He was drafted 48th overall in 2007 when he went on to sign with the Grizzlies. In 2013, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and is a two-time All-NBA Team member and three-time All-Star. Okay, well here you have it, a family unit consisting of basketball players. It’s kind of intimidating but in a good way! Well done to you all on your family’s success!

Sumo-Sized Akebono Tarō

At 6’8″ and 550 lbs, Akebono Tarō is larger than life. The American-born Japanese professional wrestler used to be a sumo wrestler. He excelled from a young age and was even an all-star basketball player in high school. For those of you who aren’t sure what Sumo is, it took its present traditions from the Edo period. Wrestling matches were used to raise money to construct shrines and temples.

Akebono Tarō
Source: Twitter

Tarō originally wanted to study hotel management, but he had always had an interest in sumo wrestling. He trained and eventually became the first non-Japanese-born sumo wrestler to reach the highest rank in sumo. Taro was taught by a Hawaiian sumo wrestler named Takamiyama and swiftly rose the rankings, finally reaching the top division back in 1990.

From Footballer to Wrestling Champ

Professional wrestler Bob Sapp is 6’5″, which isn’t so tall compared to others, but at 329 pounds of nothing but muscle, Sapp is a force to be reckoned with. The former kickboxer and MMA fighter became a wrestler, with a combined fight record of 23-35-1. Sapp started out playing football with a scholarship to the University of Washington and won the Morris Award before being drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Bob Sapp
Source: Reddit

He was eventually suspended for steroid abuse. Then in 2001, he broke into the world of wrestling and hasn’t looked back. When I think of wrestling, for me, I remember the 1990s were extremely popular for this specific sport. The men who take part in wrestling are all so huge in size but somehow are all gentle and sweet. I love that about these friendly giants.

Hong-Man Choi

At 7’2″ and 315 pounds, Hong-man Choi is one of the more intimidating boxers. Not only is he massive, but he’s also surprisingly fast and earned the nickname “Korean Colossus.” Between kickboxing and MMA, Choi excels at both and is terrifying to watch.

Hong-man Choi
Source: Bleacher Report

That is quite impressive. Usually, these bigger ‘giant-like’ guys are slow when it comes to moving around the ring. Yes, they come at you with a lot of force but when it comes to making fast and quick moves, it’s not their known strength. Outside of the ring, Choi has a very different life. He began singing with supermodel Kang Soo Hee under the band name Beauty & the Beast. The duo made a rap single together!

Hasheem Thabeet

NBA star Hasheem Thabeet is 7’3″ and 263 pounds; one of the largest athletes on the court. From Tanzania, Thabeet didn’t even pick up a basketball until he was 15. He was drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft and signed to the Memphis Grizzlies. Well, that’s okay. You don’t need to do something from a very young age to be to excel in your hobby or newly found passion!

Hasheem Thabeet
Source: Horizon Times

Thabeet was the first Tanzanian-born NBA player. After his time with the Grizzlies, he played for multiple teams, including the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, The Philadelphia 76ers, the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons, and the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Can we take a moment to look at this cute baby! I think he wants to grow up to be his size!

Suleiman Ali Nashnush

At 8 feet tall, Suleiman Ali Nashnush is the tallest basketball player in history. Born in Tripoli, Libya in 1943, the man began playing basketball as a young boy. He started to play basketball professionally and measured 7’10” at first. Can you imagine being 7’10” while you’re a kid? I mean it doesn’t come as a total shock but that’s incredible and oddly beautiful!

Suleiman Ali Nashnush
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Nashnush had an abnormal growth on his brain, resulting in the overproduction of the growth hormone. So he continued to grow well into his adulthood. He had the growth removed, though, and his height topped out at 8 feet. Assuming that’s his family in the background, they seem super proud of their boy. Who wouldn’t be? He’s tall and handsome!

Ri Myung-Hun

The former North Korean basketball player was in center position for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s national basketball team. At 7’8″, Myung-Hun was once the tallest living person in the world. He hoped to join the NBA and relocate to Canada where he was eventually scouted. Unfortunately, Myung-Hun never joined the NBA because of the U.S. ban on trade with North Korea.

Ri Myung-Hun
Source: Twitter

Ri Myung Hung also refers to himself as ‘Michael Ri’, he named himself after his favorite idol, the one, and only famous Michael Jordan! Now that he isn’t the tallest person in the world anymore, he still remains a champion at being the tallest person in North Korea! Well, that’s still pretty impressive, don’t you think?

The Giant Silva

At 7’2″ and 385 pounds, the professional wrestler is a super heavyweight champion with many awards under his belt. Born Paulo César da Silva, he was nicknamed Giant Silva after making his World Wrestling Federation debut. In the ’80s, Silva was a professional basketball player on the National Brazilian Basketball Team. He eventually left basketball and became a wrestling pro in 1997.

Paulo César da Silva
Source: Reddit

Now, he also has another hidden talent that he doesn’t seem to share enough with the world. Not only does this ‘hidden’ talent give him a secret card under his sleeve, but it also helps him be so good at wrestling. The Giant is unbelievably good and talented in mixed martial arts. This helps him to move around the ring fast too!

Shawn Bradley Taller Than He Was Talented

When Shawn Bradley came onto the NBA scene, the hype was all about seeing a fresh player who happened to be 7’6″ tall. But Bradley wasn’t super skilled on the court and was as goofy as he was tall. During his short-lived career, he averaged eight points and six rebounds. Today, Bradley focuses on his involvement with charitable groups. He works mainly with ‘at-risk’ youths.

Shawn Bradley
Source: Reddit

Shawn initially competed globally for Germany. Meaning he and Dirk Nowitzki, a Dallas teammate were members of the German national basketball team that ended in fourth place at the EuroBasket 2001 in Turkey. In order to take part in this tournament, Shawn had to make use of his birthrights in Germany to obtain German citizenship.

Dondre Harris

Dondre Harris, the college football player, made headlines when it was questioned whether or not he was too big to play in the NFL. At 7 feet and 450 pounds, Harris is gigantic. He was a bulldozer on the field, but he wasn’t the fastest. But who needs speed when you have someone named the ‘bulldozer’? I mean, would you dare get in his way? I think not!

Dondre Harris
Source: Bleacher Report

Even after losing 75 pounds, Harris couldn’t increase his speed. Harris says he’s happy playing college ball and doesn’t think the NFL is going to happen. Well, that’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes some sports are simply not for us.  If it makes you feel any better, I am a tiny, tiny person and I hardly move fast!

Logan Ondrusek

When you think of Major League Baseball players, you don’t picture the tallest men out there. But there are a handful of tall baseball players. One of them is Logan Ondrusek, who measures at 6’8″ and 245 pounds. That’s true, it’s not often that you see tall guys taking part in sports like baseball or cricket, they are usually shorter. But good for you, don’t listen to generalization!

Logan Ondrusek
Source: Buzzsuper

He started his baseball career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, and now he plays for Japan where he is one of the tallest players of the team. His height sure gives him enough torque to throw pitches. Did you know that baseball was initially played during the civil war as a morale booster? I guess that is a pretty good way to distract you and help you escape emotionally.

Joe Finley

At 6’8″ and 260 pounds, Joe Finley is a force on the ice. The hockey defenseman was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Born in Edina, Minnesota, he started playing hockey at a young age. That explains how he became so talented! We all love you, Joe Finley.

Joe Finley
Source: Horizon Times

A star in the rink, Finley’s career was almost ruined after he ruptured an artery in his hand playing against the Gwinnett Gladiators. He got surgery, though, and eventually recovered. Well isn’t that good luck or a miracle, whatever you’d like to refer to it as. There are so many people out there who suffer injuries and are forced to give up something that brings them a lot of joy and happiness!

The Tallest Boxer in the World

Standing at 7’4” and weighing 330 pounds, Gogeo Mitu is and was the tallest professional boxer in history. Born in Romania, Mitu was the first of 11 children! He was sought after by doctors and scientists who were interested in studying the causes of his gigantism. We are sure glad scientists never managed to get their hands on him!

Gogeo Mitu
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Apparently, Mitu regularly ate a huge lunch that consisted of 2 pounds of bread, 25 eggs, 2 pounds of fried chicken, 2 liters of milk, 2 pounds of sweet, and a half-liter of wine. He died at the age of 21 from tuberculosis. I literally sit with my jaw dropped down to my chest reading this information. I am actually at a loss for words regarding this boy’s diet!

Konishiki Yasokichi

Konishiki Yasokichi might be one of the biggest athletes on our list. He is a Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler who measures at 6’4″ and weighs 633 pounds. Before he retired in 1997, Yasokichi had an impressive career. Now, let’s take a moment to discuss the human he is carrying so effortlessly? Do you all realize how big Konishiki is?

Konishiki Yasokichi
Source: Pinterest

He was the first non-Japanese wrestler to reach ōzeki – the second-highest rank in sumo. After his retirement, Yasokichi turned to entertainment. He appeared in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.’ Do you remember the movie? A boy is sent to live with his father in Tokio to avoid jail time? However, he then finds himself in trouble again and finds himself deep inside drift racing competitions? Well, that movie!

The Tallest In NBA History

Gheorghe Mureșan, a Romanian who is 7’7” tall and weighs in at 325 pounds, has the distinction of being the tallest man in NBA history. He’s the tallest in all of Europe. Mureșan is now retired, but from 1993 to 2000, he played for the Washington Bullets and the New Jersey Nets. In 1996, he was called the NBA’s Most Improved Player.

Gheorghe Mureșan
Source: Ballislife

Gheorghe Muresan was born in Romania. The funny thing is, his parents were actually a normal height. Unfortunately, he grew to his remarkable height due to a pituitary gland disorder. Gheorghe and his wife Liliana and their two sons used to live in New Jersey but they relocated to Washington, D.C.  Since the 2016–2017 season, his oldest son, George, has played for the Georgetown University Hoyas as a walk-on forward.

Chris Guccione

Chris Guccione is another larger than average tennis player. Although the sport does trend toward taller players, Guccione is a standout. The Australian is 6’7” tall and weighs 203 pounds. Guccione was ranked the 67th best tennis player in the world for singles, and 38th for doubles. He also won four ATP Tour doubles over the course of his career. Not too shabby.

Chris Guccione
Source: Photo Works / Shutterstock

Chris was selected to be a right-field umpire for the 2011 All-Star Game. He also happened to be selected as one of the umpires for the one-game American League Wild Card Game playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers on October 5, 2012. Later, he was selected again for the National League Championship Series held later that month.

He Made Professional Football History

Richard Sligh is a South Carolina native, born in 1944. He became the defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders after playing college ball for North Carolina Central University. He was called “Tiny” Sligh and was the tallest player in professional football history at 7 feet tall and 300 pounds.

Richard Sligh
Source: Horizon Times

During Super Bowl II, he was a reserve for the Raiders. He ended up retiring in 1968, after being named an AFL champion. He passed away on December 23, 2008, at the age of 64. Did you know that the highest score this game for patriots has ever had is 75 points? And the coldest Super Bowl took place in New Orleans? Well, now you do. you’re welcome!