Drew Brees and the 15 Smallest Athletes to Make It Big

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Drew Brees and the 15 Smallest Athletes to Make It Big
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Small in size, huge in talent. That's what the players on this list have in common as each have reached new heights in their careers.

The average height for an American male is 5'9''. The average baseball player is around 6'0'' and football players are only slightly taller. Basketball players are typically around 6'6''.

But in every sport, there are those who become exceptions to the norm.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a list of 15 athletes from baseball, basketball and football who have overcome their short statures and attained fame at the professional level.

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