Looking at the title of this post, you might be thinking that this list will be full of athletes who have made it big in their careers. Well, the sportspeople on this list have definitely made it big, but mainly by using their height and weight to their advantage.
That’s right. These sportspeople are much bigger than the average person, and they know it. Ever heard of the expression, “size doesn’t matter”? Well, this expression might be right for some people, but these athletes are here to prove this expression wrong! The sports giants on our list have used their size as a considerable advantage (no pun intended) to perform excellently in their chosen sport.
Simply put, their size has propelled them to the top of their field. Read on to find out who these gigantic legends are.
Shaquille O’Neal, one of the biggest and most familiar stars of the NBA, played consecutively for a whopping 19 seasons of American basketball. He is not only known for his brilliant skills on the basketball court, but also his huge size. At 7’1″, he is easily one of the biggest players to have ever played for the NBA.
The “Shaq” has a big personality to match his giant size, and these days he is using this big personality as a sports analyst on TV.
André, the Giant, had a condition where he had an excess of the human growth hormone, which was the reason for his iconic height and weight. Standing tall at 7’4″ and weighing a whopping 520 lb, Andre used his huge size to simultaneously defeat 3-4 opponents.
He is also known for defeating legendary WWE players such as King Kong Bundy and Hulk Hogan. Fans of “The Princess Bride” will fondly remember him as the good-natured giant, Fezzik.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is known for holding the number one place in women’s singles on five separate occasions. Originally from Russia, Sharapova decided to make her dreams of becoming a champion come true in the United States.
Standing tall at 6’2″, Sharapova has not only bounced back from numerous injuries, but she has also made herself a huge name on the WTA. Sharapova has also recently released a popular book titled “Unstoppable.”
Hafþór Júlíus, “Thor,” Björnsson is an athlete of 6’9″ and 400 lb who made a name for himself as Gregor Clegane on the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones. What most people don’t know, however, is that before his acting career, Bjornsson was one of the top three contenders for six years in a row in the World Strongest Man competition.
Bjornsson was also the first man in the world to win World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, and the Arnold Strongman Classic in a single year.
It is almost unheard of for soccer players to be big in size. They are usually known to be small and quick on their feet, making Peter Crouch, who stands at 6’7″, and even more of an extraordinary occurrence.
A professional soccer player over 6 feet tall is someone people will remember for ages to come.
Konishiki Yasokichi is a famous wrestler known for being the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler who won three division championships. Weighing over 600 lbs, he also got very close to achieving the rank of Yokozuna or Grand Champion, which is the highest rank a sumo wrestler can get.
Yasokichi, however, had to settle for the second rank in sumo wrestling, Ozeki. Surprisingly, Yasokichi now has a music career and produces rap songs in both Japanese and English.
Basketball is a sport that is predominantly filled with tall people. As such, at 7’5″, Chuck Nevitt makes history for being one of the tallest people the sport has ever seen around the world.
Nevitt reached stardom not only for his extraordinary height but also for his brilliant basketball skills, which helped him stay in the league for nearly 12 seasons. During that time, he played for three teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons.
John Krahn is just 19 years old, but he stands 7 feet tall and weighs 400 lbs. Discovered at a high school football team in California, Krahn is undoubtedly the biggest man in football.
Krahn pursued his love for football for a semester at Georgia Prep Sports Academy, and he is now studying at Lincoln University in Missouri. However, his coach, Steven Smith, does not want Krahn to remain the biggest man in football forever. He has been encouraging him to at least 360 lbs to focus on his ability.
At 7’2″, Margo “Large Marge” Dydek is the tallest woman the WNBA has ever seen. Dydek’s long career in basketball began in Europe, where she played the popular Polish, Spanish and French teams. Soon, the Utah Starrz snapped her up, where she came to be known for her fantastic work ethic and dedication to basketball.
Dydek even played for the Los Angeles Sun and the Los Angeles Sparks, and she continued to work even after her retirement. She moved to Australia and worked as a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League.
Stefan Struve, 7 feet tall, found his love for sports through soccer and martial arts when he first joined the gym with his brother in the Netherlands. After years of intense hard work and training, Struve became the tallest fighter in the UFC.
Struve’s first match, however, was a far cry from success. He lost in UFC 95 to Junior de Santos in the very first round. Struve, however, has been able to maintain a 70% win-rate in all of his matches since then.
Romanian-born Gheorghe Muresan is only a quarter of an inch taller than Manute Bol, a Sudanese player of the NBA, which makes Muresa the tallest NBA player in the league’s history. At 7’7″, Muresan was also the tallest person in the European Union at a point in time.
Muresan is popularly known for his roles in the popular film “My Giant” with Billy Crystal. Not only has Muresa appeared in Eminem’s rap video for the song, “My name is,” but he has also co-authored a book called “The Boy’s Fitness Guide.”
A seven-time world champion, Paul Donald Wight II, or “Big Show” as he is popularly known, is one of the biggest names in WWE, having taken on legends such as The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan.
Big Show is currently in his fifties’ prime fighting condition, at 7 feet tall and 383 lbs. However, at one point in time, he weighed over 500 lbs and became a living wrestling legend much like Andre, the Giant.
Named as the heaviest sportswoman in the 2013 Guinness World Record, Sharron Alexander started out in her life working as an English nanny until the age of 41, when she discovered her love for sumo wrestling.
At 448 lbs, Alexander has won four gold medals in international tournaments. She has also recognized herself as one of the few women who are recognized as a professional sumo wrestler by the British Sumo Federation.
John Daly fits right into the “unfit golfer” stereotype that people tend to have. This “sport of gold” is usually misconceived to be a mere hobby that unfit people come to indulge in, and Daly does nothing to help overturn this misconception at 216 lbs.
John Daly, however, is called “Long John” for his consistent drives of 300-yards. His driving distance off the tee, his charitable work, and his free-wheeling attitude have earned him respect on the golf field.
Andy, “The Viking” Fordham, is a professional dart player known for his incredible speed and accuracy at darts. Dart is a sport that does not usually require players to remain fit, but Fordham might have gone a little overboard with the lax rules at 6’2″ and 445 lbs.
However, Fordham, who wants to be around a long time for his grandchildren, has now made a huge change in his lifestyle and has lost over 200 lbs.
A UFC star and a super heavyweight fighter, Eric “Butterbean” Esch has dabbled in wrestling and mixed martial arts and boxing. His huge size (around 425 lbs) hindered him sometimes but has also helped him dole out punishments to his opponents.
This larger-than-life man has also landed roles in films. You might recognize Esch from his stint in “Jackass: The Movie” with Johnny Knoxville.
The tweet that went viral, calling Southern California-based personal trainer Danny Jones a “tree” has now forever dubbed him as “The Tree Man.”
Jones had never been a famous sportsperson like the others on our list, but he achieved instant social media fame with the tweet, “this [is] not a man, this [is] a tree,” waking up to a huge number of followers overnight.
At 6’8″, Erika Ervin or “Amazon Eve” is the tallest model in the world. She has even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. Ervin was in Australia when she was discovered by the editor of Zoo Weekly, who featured her on the magazine’s cover.
This model soon turned into a personal trainer and even an actress, starring in the popular FX TV show “American Horror Show” and two other movies soon released.
Having starred in “The Biggest Loser” contest, Holly Mangold has now lost a lot of weight. However, at one point in time, Nick Mangold weighed over 500 lbs.
Mangold began her career in sports with football in high school, and she soon began lifting weights in 2008. She rose to fame four years later as she qualified for the London Olympics. Unfortunately, she tore a tendon during the competition and was placed 10th out of 14 competitors.
Senegalese-born Mamadou N’Diaye was the tallest player in the NCAA Division at just 18 years of age when he went to UC Irvine. He is currently with Fuerza Regia de Monterrey in the Mexican league.
N’Diaye was drafted in 2016 when he first spent some time playing for the Golden State Warriors, where he began cultivating his own style despite being compared to Rudy Gobert and Yao Ming. N’Diaye, known for his fantastic wingspan, stands tall at 7’6″.
At 6’8″, Randy Johnson found it relatively easy to live up to his nickname, “The Big Unit.” Having played for a mighty 22 seasons for six different teams, Randy Johnson found fame mainly playing for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Johnson is known as the fifth-most successful left-handed player in the history of baseball and the baseball player with the second-most career strikeouts in the history of MLB, with 4,875 strikeouts in total.
Usain Bolt is a household name that has dominated running competitions at the last three Olympic Games. At 6’5″, Bolt has made incredible use of his height, good genes, and of course, his determination and perseverance to break all world records of speed.
Bolt is an 11- time World Championship winner, and he is known for his three consecutive Olympic wins (at Beijing, London, and Rio). Recently, Bolt seems to have taken up soccer as a new sport.
With an impressive height of 6’5″, Lisa Leslie became the first woman in the world to dunk in a WNBA game. In 2001, Leslie was named the Sportswoman of the Year when she played for the Los Angeles Sparks won the WNBA Championship.
She has also played in several medal-winning Olympic teams and has participated in multiple World Championships as well. These days, however, Leslie has since taken to a career in acting and modeling.
At 6’4.5″, Croatian long-distance swimmer Yvette Tulip Hlaváčová set an incredible world record by swimming across the English Channel in a mere 7 hours and 25 minutes. She was immediately recognized as a rising star since then.
However, before she broke the record, swimming teams had previously been reluctant to take her on. But her long arms and legs came to be seen as an advantage after she set the new world record.
Suleiman Ali Nashnush is one of the 17 people in the world ever to reach the height of 8 ft. Even though during his career he was “just” 7’10” tall, he continued to grow even after his retirement due to an abnormal growth disorder.
Nashnush is the tallest person ever to play a sport, but he also made a career as an actor, with a small role in the Fellini film, “Satyricon.”
Blanka Vlasic, one of the most successful high jump champions, has her height to thank for her excellent career. However, her height is not the only thing she counts on. She also has an excellent work ethic and a brilliant coach who also happens to be her father.
Vlasic has won an astonishing number of medals, 16 to be exact, out of which 12 are gold, 3 are silver, and 1 is bronze. She could not take part in the Athens Olympics due to a thyroid condition, but she is now training hard for the next Olympics.
Jorge González, a famous basketball player, and wrestler stands tall at 8 feet. Born in Argentina, this man quickly earned the nickname “El Gigante” and finally the nickname “Giant Gonzales” when he defeated The Undertaker in WWF’s Royal Rumble.
Unfortunately, despite his successful wrestling career, Gonzales had to quit sports due to health problems and passed away in 2011 from the heart issues
Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is not only one of the biggest beach volleyball players in the world (at 6’3″), but she is also one of the world’s best. She and her long-time beach volleyball partner, Misty May Treanor, will go down in history as perhaps the best beach volleyball team ever.
In three Olympic competitions, Jennings and Treanor won the gold medal in Athens, Beijing, and London Summer Olympics. Now, the duo is preparing with all their might for the next Olympics as well.
Richard Metcalfe is one of the tallest players to have ever graced the rugby sport, at an incredible height of 7 feet. Towering over his competition, Metcalfe was able to excel in the sport efficiently and has been able to win 13 Scotland caps thus far.
This Scottish-born rugby player has also played for prestigious rugby clubs such as Northampton Saints and Newcastle Falcons. However, his impressive career was unfortunately ended by an accidental knee injury.
Aaron Sandilands is one of the tallest and heaviest players in the Australian Football League. Standing at 6’11”, this man has had a brilliant long-standing career of more than 250 games to his name.
He has won a slew of awards, including two Best Clubmen awards, two Doig medals for being the Fremantle Football Club’s fairest and best player, as well as four All-Austrian awards. He is also the Fremantle Football Club’s first player ever who is over the age of 25.
Russian volleyball player, Aleksey Kazakov, is one of the tallest players at 7’2″ who has used his large frame and natural talent to his advantage in the sport. Towering over his team, Kazakov rose to fame when he finally made it onto the Olympic team.
Having won the bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics and the silver in 2004, Kazakov has continued to shine, winning the bronze medal at the 2001 European Championships in Ostrava, making his home country, Russia, beam with pride.
Mohammed Irfan is 7’11”, and he is the only cricketer to have made our list. The tallest cricketer ever, Mohammed Irfan is the Pakistan National Team star for a decade now.
Most people don’t know Irfan’s past when he worked in a pipe factory earning around $3 a week. Now, however, he one of the best well-paced left-arm fast bowlers in the team, which claimed victory over South Africa in 2013 with Irfan’s help.
Nikolai Valuev is a giant even by heavyweight boxing standards. Standing at the height of 7 feet, he came to be dubbed as the “Russian Giant” as he won 50 of his 53 fights between 1993 to 2009, ultimately becoming the heaviest and the biggest boxing world champion.
Valuev was world champion for four years in a row, finally retiring to author a book, star in several movies, and even begin a career as a politician. Valuev has also established a school for boxing, known as the Valuev Boxing School.
Brittney Griner is 6’9″ and possesses a huge wingspan, which has helped her earn her position as a center for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Griner is a brilliant player, as she is the only NCAA player to have scored over 2,000 shots and block more than 500.
Griner received the Best Female Athlete Espy Award in 2012, and she also made it to the USA Olympics, where she helped lead the team to victory. Nike signed an endorsement deal with Griner in 2013.
Ivorian player Lacina “The Big Tree” Traore is 6″ 3′ and is often compared to legendary players such as Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou, and Didier Drogba. Traore played for several popular teams such as Everton, Anzhi Makhachkala, and even Monaco in his illustrious career.
The Ivory Coast was unable to qualify for the World Cup in 2018, but the team continues to challenge the sport in several ways.
With an impressive height of 6’7″, Dana De La Rosa is one of the tallest pitchers in the world who has played for popular league teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels Anaheim, and even the New York Yankees.
Rosa is now working as a free agent looking to find the right fit for himself and get back into the game bigger and better than ever.
Dutch player Laura Dijkema is one of the tallest female professional volleyball players globally, with a height of 6 feet. In the 2017 European Championship, she won herself the title of “Best Setter.”
Although she has now begun to play for the Italian team Il Bisonte Firenze, Dijkema made a name for herself as a part of the Dutch national team, where she won 3 medals in just two years.
Slovakian player Zdeno Chara is quite possibly the tallest player in the NHL history, standing tall at the height of 6″ 9′. The NHL drafted him after he began playing basketball in Chara, and he is now the captain of the Boston Bruins, leading his team with dedication on the ice.
Chara appeared on the NHL all-star team, but he also played several times in the World Championships and the Olympics. He is also the only second team captain to have won the Stanley Cup as a captain born and raised in Europe.
5″ 11′ tall Darya Igorevna Klishina is one of the tallest long jumpers in the world. She made the record for the second-longest jump in the world in 2010, and she has also won a silver medal at the Olympics for the long jump.
Klishina decided to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio as a neutral participant, as she did not want to be associated with the Russian National Federation scandal. However, this was viewed unfavorably by the government, and citizens began to consider Klishina and other athletes like her as traitors.
Croatian player Ivo Karlovic is the tallest professional tennis player at 6’11”. His long arms and legs come in handy for the powerful serves that tend to overwhelm his opponents on the tennis court.
His serve has broken records by reaching 156 miles per hour. Karlovic is known for holding the most career aces, 12,255 to be exact (2017). Karlovic is more than just your above-average tall player as he has won 8 ATP singles titles in 9 years.
Hong-Man Choi is a Korean wrestler, mixed martial artist, and kickboxer who is given the nicknames “Korean Monster,” “Korean Colossus,” and “Techno Goliath” for his knowledge of using his height of 7’2″ to overpower his opponents easily.
This Korean star is now pursuing a career in acting and has appeared in several Korean TV shows, including “Running Man,” “Hey Ghost,” “2 Days and 1 Night”. Choi is also working on his rap skills at the moment.
Rik “The Dunking Dutchman” Smits is 7’4″ and one of the tallest players in the NBA. This Dutch player is known for his brilliant technical skills. Smits was named as an NBA all-star in 1998.
This player stayed with just one team throughout his whole career, the Indian Pacers, much to the appreciation of Indiana’s good folks.
With a height of 6’7.5″, Jan Koller is one of the heaviest and tallest players in soccer history. This Czech player who started as a goalkeeper has an admirable scoring record as a striker.
Koller has been a part of teams such as Monaco, Anderlecht, and Borussia Dortmund, and he was also instrumental in the Czech Republic’s victory at the Euro Cup semi-finals in 2004. Koller has also played for Russian and French clubs in his career, until his retirement in 2011.
Yao Ming, at 7’6″, is one of the tallest players in the NBA. He has enjoyed a long and brilliant career, having been named an NBA all-star eight times, having made it to the NBA playoffs four times, and having led the Houston Rockets to a first-round win in the year 2009.
Soon after his retirement due to several injuries, Ming’s jersey was retired as he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Michael Phelps is perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a whopping 28 medals to his name. At 6’4″, Phelps is known for his swimmer’s body, long legs, and gigantic hands, and of course, an enormous wingspan, all of which helps him push to the finish line in each competition.
After his record-breaking career, Phelps announced retirement recently for the second time, but hopefully, he will be back again soon.
Sudanese player Manute Bol is one of the tallest recorded players ever in the history of the NBA. Bol was a brilliant fierce paint-defender at the height of 7″ 7′.
Hailing from a family of incredibly tall people (Bol’s grandfather was taller than Bol himself), Bol, unfortunately, experienced several health problems due to his incredible height.
Dalip Singh “The Great Khali” Rana was not only the fourth tallest wrestler in the history of WWE in 2017, but he was also the eighth tallest professional wrestler in 2014.
Rana became the first Indian ever to win the title of World Heavyweight Champion in 2007. Some even claim that he is still the tallest wrestler that is active today. Either way, there is no denying that Rana’s size has been taking him places.
Loek van Mil is a baseball player that stands at 7’1″ who plays for Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League. This 34-year-old player has an enormous wingspan which allows him to throw incredible speedballs.
Mil’s speed usually reaches an average of 95 miles per hour, making him a significant force (no pun intended) to be reckoned with in baseball.
Eddy Curry is 7 feet tall and one of the biggest basketball players to have become an NBA superstar. Right after graduating high school, Curry joined the popular Chicago Bulls and then played for other teams such as the Dallas Mavericks.
He also got a delectable offer made by the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, with whom he played for a short duration. He also played for Zhuhai Wolf Warriors.
Jon Rauch, a 6’11” baseball player, was a right-handed reliever for nearly 11 years. Rauch, originally from Louisville, made a name for himself when he bagged the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Rauch is undoubtedly one of the tallest players to have ever played Major League Basketball. He is also a heavy-set player that is a force to be reckoned with on the field.
Athleticism sometimes runs in the blood, as brothers Mark and Troy Johnson, both famous NBA players, have proven. Troy Johnson, however, is one of the biggest players in the history of the NBA, at 6’10” and with the latest documented weight of 375 lbs.
His initial weight, however, was an astounding 500 lbs. Jackson, unfortunately, passed away in 2011 due to issues with the heart.
A height of 6’6″ might not be something to boast in basketball, but it really is something in the boxing ring. Wladimir Klitschko, at 243 lbs, is almost a foot and a half taller than his ex-wife, Hayden Panettiere.
A fun fact about Klitschko is that his brother, Vitali Klitschko is also a famous boxer. Lucky for him, their mother made the two brothers promise never to fight each other.
Logan Ondrusek was one of the biggest relief pitchers for the Cincinnati Reeds at 6’8″ and 230 lbs. Ondrusek currently plays for the Leones de Yucatan at the Mexican League.
This baseball player is known for his deadly skills on the baseball pitch, especially his fastball, which sometimes reaches more than 95 miles per hour.
Mariusz Wach, one of the most physically striking boxers at the height of 6’7″ and a weight of 250 lbs, made a name for himself during his famous bout in 2012 with Wladimir Klitschko, another giant who made our list as well.
While Wach was unable to win the title from Klitschko, he did manage to have a 100%-win rate with every single fight he’s ever had since then.
While Kameron Loe clocked in at 6’8″ and 245 lbs to become one of the biggest baseball players ever, he could still not make it one of the best, despite his height offering him a huge advantage his opponents.
Loe has played for numerous baseball teams, including Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Atlanta Braves, to name just a few.
With a height and weight of 6’8″ and 250 lbs, Nate Frieman is a batter than no one wanted to tackle. Ever since 2014, Freiman has been reaching greater heights in the Mexican Baseball League, while before 2014, he was a player in the MLB.
Interestingly, Frieman and his wife, Amanda Blumenherst, met when they were named Athletes of the Year in 2009 at Duke University. Blumenherst is a famous professional golfer.
Joe Finley, with a height and weight of 6’8″ and 260 lbs, was a formidable opponent on the ice. He was a hawk on the ice, and his prowess as a player was well known.
Finley has played for various teams during his illustrious careers, such as the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Buffalo Sabers, and the Carolina Stingrays. His most recent team, however, was Helsinki’s HIFK.
Jonathan Broxton was one of the largest athletes in the clubhouse as a Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher. Weighing around 300 lbs and standing tall at 6’4″, Broxton had the fastest fastball recorded at the speed of 102 miles per hour.
This record was set, incidentally, in 2009, which was the same year this his wife, Elizabeth bore his first child.
Adam Dunn, a baseball player at 6’8″ and 290 lbs, was not just an intimidating batter, but he also only brought two-end results whenever he stepped onto the pitch: a home run or a strikeout.
Dunn is known to be a film lover, having invested in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.” When Dunn is off the field, he is a loving family man with four lovely children.
John Scott is one of the biggest hockey players who could use his size of 6’8″ and 270 lbs to propel himself forward in his career as a professional hockey player. Scott has recorded his intriguing career in his autobiography, “A Guy Like Me: Fighting to Make the Cut.”
A fun fact about John Scott is that he has both brains and brawns, with a mechanical engineering degree to his name.
CC Sabathia, one of the best left-handed pitchers the world has ever seen, is also one of the largest athletes of MLB. Sabathia stands 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 290 lbs.
As a high school student, Sabathia was made several offers by many colleges that wanted him to join their teams. He first began his career when he was drafted in 1998 by the Cleveland Indians. He most recently played for the New York Yankees.
With a height and weight of 6’11” and 240 lbs, Kevin Garnett has had a nearly as big career as he is, with an astounding 21 seasons in the NBA. Garnett’s career has lasted over two-decades-long until he finally quit basketball in 2016.
He has continued to act as a consultant, however, to the Los Angeles Clippers team. Garnett also performs on TV occasionally.
With a height and weight of 7 feet and 245 lbs, Pau Gasol was awarded the title of NBA all-star six times. This beast, who is the son of two healthcare workers, is sure to enter the Hall of Fame for his undeniable skills on the court.
Gasol initially considered a career in medicine, and he continues to hold a keen interest in it. He also holds a deep passion for music and foreign languages.
Samoan player Paul Soliai is 6’4″ tall and 345 lbs heavy, with one of the ideal bodies that one could ever hope for as a professional football player.
Soliai has been known for his talent ever since his days at high school, and since then, he has been playing professionally, with his latest game being played in 2017 for the Carolina Panthers. A fun fact about Soliai is that he retired in 2018 after a one-day contract between him and the Miami Dolphins was signed in order to fulfill his dream of retiring as a Miami Dolphin.
Dwight Howard, formerly playing as the Rocket’s center, is 6’11” tall and 265 lbs heavy. This beast of a man is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Howard is a man of varied interests, as he spends his free time gardening. He also has a massive collection of 20 pet snakes with whom he spends quality time when he’s not playing sports.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis is one of the largest sportspeople at 6’9″ and 289 lbs. Davis is popularly known to have slammed Shaquille O’Neal to the ground during a friendly match when Davis was merely 15 years old.
The SEC named Glen Davis Player of the Year in 2006, and in 2007, he was drafted into the NBA. The last team Davis played for was St. John’s Edge.
With a height and weight of 6’10” and 280 lbs, Al Jefferson has definitely earned his nickname as NBA Big Man. Jefferson enjoyed a long and successful career as an NBA player for 14 years, finally retiring in 2019.
Jefferson has now signed on to play in the BIG3, where he is currently showcasing his brilliant skills on the court.
Shaun Rogers has always been a big guy, with a height of 6’4″ and weight of 350 lbs, and he has been able to use his huge size to push forward in his career as a professional football player.
Rogers was especially famous (or should we say “infamous”?) for his defensive tackles, making him a monster in the field.
Marcus Cannon, a popular NFL lineman, is 6’6″ tall and 335 lbs heavy. He has had a brilliant NFL career, having played for them for nearly seven years and then switching over to the New England Patriots, where, unfortunately, he was met with disappointing results at the 2018 Super Bowl.
Cannon surprisingly has a degree in communications from TCU. He has also been continually fighting cancer ever since he was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
The younger brother of Pau Gasol (who has also made it onto our list) is actually the taller of the two, with a height of 7’1″. He weighs 265 lbs and is currently playing got the Toronto Raptors.
Gasol is one of the most decorated basketball players ever, having won the title of NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He has also won two silver medals at the Beijing and the London Olympics.
Kevin Heard, a Texas-born football player, began his career as a mere college student at Texas A&M. In his last semester, this giant who is 6’6″ tall and weighs 339 lbs moved in his last year of college to the University of Texas to play for the team there.
Heard, however, has not been able to have a stable football career, as he not only signed with four different teams in four years, but he is also known to have either quit or have been waived off them for various reasons.
Andrew Bynum was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005 when he was a mere 18-year-old, which makes him the youngest player to have ever played in the NBA.
At 7′ and 285 lbs, Andrew Bynum enjoyed nearly a decade-long career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He most recently played two games for the Indiana Pacers before he retired in 2014 due to his knee problems.
Tanzania-born Hasheem Thabeet is 7’3″ tall and 263 lbs heavy and has been indulging in his love for basketball ever since he was 15 years old, playing mere pickup games in his homeland. Thabeet, however, soon joined the Connecticut Huskies in college.
It wasn’t long before he was drafted in 2009 by the Memphis Grizzlies. This 33-year-old player enjoyed a year with the Yokohama B-Corsairs in the Japanese B. League before returning to the NBA.
Michael Jasper is 6’4″ and 375 lbs, which is a size that is considered huge by football standards. Imagine what it must have been like when he weighed his heaviest at 450 lbs during his college career. However, his coach at the Buffalo Bills helped him lose weight.
Jasper played for five teams in four years. He finally took a few years off the field, only to come back to it in 2016 as a coach. He currently works as a coach for the football team at Bethel University.
At 6’6″ and 355 lbs, Leonard Davis was once one of the top athletes in his high school as a football and basketball team member. However, in college, Davis decided to focus on football, finally going on to play in 12 NFL seasons altogether.
Surprisingly, this giant is passionate about music, playing as a Free Reign bassist, a heavy metal band founded by himself and his former teammates, Marc Colombo and Cory Ptocter.
Roy Hibbert was known as Mr. Verticality not just for his height (which was an astounding 7 feet and 2 inches) or his incredibly high jumps, but for being one of the best essential rim protectors of the NBA.
Hibbert played a few months with the Denver Nuggets before he retired in 2017. However, he soon returned to the court as a coach in 2019 for the Philadelphia 76ers.
King Dunlap has lived up to his first name as he was born into an extremely athletic family. His father was a famous NFL player, his mother a brilliant track runner, and his sister a fantastic basketball player.
This 6’9″ tall and 330 lbs heavy player was the first drafter in 2008 by the Philadelphia Eagles. He most recently played for the team San Diego Chargers.
Phil Loadholt, at 6’8″ and 343 lbs, has been born to play football. He has been indulging in this sport ever since high school, where, in his senior year, he was named Colorado Springs Area Player of the Year.
Loadholt then went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he stayed for six years. Unfortunately, Loadholt tore his Achilles Tendon, which caused him to retire in 2016.
Bryant McKinnie is one of those players whose talent is as immense as his size – 6’8″ and 352 lbs. McKinnie enjoyed an outstanding college career, after which he was drafted in 2012 by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002.
McKinnie now indulges in philanthropy, music, and fitness. Before he retired in 2013, however, he played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins.
T.J Barnes was born in Alabama in 1990, and he enjoyed a brilliant high school and college football career. At 6’7″ and 364 lbs, his size on the field is unmistakable. His first professional team became the Jacksonville Jaguars, with whom he played for four months.
He was transferred in 2013 to the New York Jets and several other teams over the next years until he finally signed with the New York Guardians in 2020.
Tarrell Brown, who stands 6’10” tall and 190 lbs heavy, has enjoyed a football career ever since his years at North Mesquite High School in Texas. He had some run-ins with the law, which prevented him from pursuing a college career and an NFL draft.
Brown was finally drafted in 2007 by the San Francisco 49ers, whom he stayed with for six years. He also played for the New England Patriots. However, a foot injury forced him to retire in just two months after signing with the Patriots.
Emanuel Yarborough was ironically nicknamed “Tiny” or “Little,” but there is absolutely nothing about this man who holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s heaviest athlete at 882 lbs.
Yarborough dabbled in football and wrestling in college before trying his hand at sumo wrestling, for which he began training in 1992.
LeBron James is not the tallest NBA player to have ever lived, but there is no denying this basketball player’s height of 6’8″. James is a household name and is considered one of the greatest basketball players to have ever lived.
Often compared to the legend, Michael Jordan, this beast holds three Olympic medals and two FIBA titles.
Everyone is familiar with Michael Jordan, a 6’6″ basketball player who has had one of the best Olympic careers the world has ever seen.
Jordan retired from his brilliant NBA career to star in several commercials. He is also an avid golfer, but film lovers will most likely remember him from his famous role in the movie “Space Jam.”