5 of My All-Time Favorite Athletes 5'8" and Under

Posted by Scott Savett on

These professional athletes have proven they have the strength, agility, and talent to be All-Stars.


  1. Darren Sproles, football: As the NFL single-season record holder in all-purpose yardage—racking up an impressive 2,696 all-purpose yards in 2011—Sproles might be pound-for-pound the strongest guy in the league. A serious triple threat, he knows how to effectively utilize his strong frame and tremendous agility to return punts and kicks and both run and catch the ball.  Every time the ball is in Sproles’ hands, he threatens to take it to the house—which he has done a total of 61 times in his NFL career.


  1. Lionel Messi, soccer: An absolute terror with the ball at his feet, Leo Messi’s height gives him astounding balance and lower body strength—allowing him to dart around players with unbelievable speed. In its more than sixty years of being awarded, Messi is one of only two soccer players to win the Ballon d'Or five times. A brilliant play-maker as well as goal-scorer, the left-footer has a career total of 611 goals playing for Barcelona and Argentina.


  1. Kirby Puckett, baseball:  A down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky guy—loved by his teammates and fans alike—Puckett was a fabulous baseball player and a first ballot hall-of-famer. Diagnosed with glaucoma at the early age of thirty-six, his career was cut short while still in his prime. Yet, astonishingly, he still managed to get over 2,000 hits, 200 home runs, and 1,000 RBI's. Puckett was also known for his dazzling plays in the field. One of his most famous is a leaping catch in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series—which he brought in after slamming up against the glass of the old Metrodome.

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  1. Eddie Guerrero, wrestling: Though wrestling’s line between performance and sport can appear blurry to some, wrestlers are still tremendous athletes and Eddie Guerrero was one of the best. Although he could easily hang with the high-flyers, he was also fabulous at understanding the nuances of performing in terms of anticipating his opponents' moves and counterattacking. Many consider him to be one of the best technical wrestlers of all time.


  1. Jimmy Rollins, baseball: A tremendous talent, Rollins is a four-time Gold Glove winner. Along with Chase Utley, he made one of the greatest double-play combos in MLB history. For a leadoff man, Rollins had remarkable power at the plate—accumulating 231 home runs in his career. Skilled at combining power with speed, Jimmy was a weapon any team would have loved to have in their lineup.



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