The 35 Most Massive Athletes in Sports

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterSeptember 13, 2013

The 35 Most Massive Athletes in Sports

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    There have been plenty of lists dedicated to mockingly celebrating the fattest athletes in sports, which is fine. A little mean-spirited of course, but fine.

    However, when it comes to professional athletes, there's a difference between being fat and being just straight up massive. That's not to say fat athletes can't be massive too—they most certainly can. It's just weight isn't the only deciding factor.

    Height plays a huge role in someone's overall stature. The problem is that it's not easy to quantify height and weight together. Well…it's not easy unless you've got a pretty badass mathematical formula that allows you to do just that.

    Which I do, obviously. You can trust me on that, or click over to this spreadsheet for additional details.

    That being said, this list of 35 isn't the definitive list of every one of the most massive athletes in sports. It's more of a sampling from most major sports, chosen to reflect a very wide range of largeness. If we were going for straight size, these would all be sumo wrestlers.

    Alright. Let's go.

Wladimir Klitschko, Boxer

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 243

    Net Size: 55.1

    If you're surprised boxer Wladimir Klitschko is so low on this list, you're not alone. I think everyone thinks he's the size of a monster truck because he's always hanging with his lady Hayden Panettiere. The actress is a full 14 inches shorter than Klitschko.

Logan Ondrusek, Cincinnati Reds

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 230

    Net Size: 55

    Right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek may be two-inches shorter than former star MLB pitcher Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson, but he towers over his teammates in the Reds clubhouse—and would on almost any roster. 

Dane De La Rosa, L.A. Angels of Anaheim

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 245

    Net Size: 57.5

    Despite 10 years of nondescript play as a semipro in independent baseball—save for his initial selection by the Yankees in the 2002 draft as well as a handful of tryouts—Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Dane De La Rosa has used his big arm to key a solid year with the club. 

Mariusz Wach, Boxer

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    Height: 6'7.5"

    Weight: 249

    Net Size: 62

    Pro boxing is a sport defined by categorical classes of size—weight, reach—so when gargantuan Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach squared off against the equally large Wladimir Klitschko in 2012 (a losing effort), the two men looked like human Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

Kameron Loe, Atlanta Braves

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 245

    Net Size: 62.5

    Veteran Atlanta Braves pitcher Kameron Loe may have a frame suited to slinging a baseball at high velocity, but in various stints as a starter and reliever for a handful of clubs over the years he's watched one too many get launched in the wrong direction.

Nate Freiman, Oakland A's

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 250

    Net Size: 65

    After helping Israel's first World Baseball Classic team advance to the qualifier final in 2012, mountainous Oakland A's slugger Nate Freiman is making the most of his MLB debut—batting .282 with 24 RBIs in 76 games with the A's. 

     

Joe Finley, New York Islanders

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 260

    Net Size: 70

    Claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders last January, defenseman Joe Finley was a solid contributor, and considering he is roughly the size of a house, he certainly has the capability to absorb more than a few shot toward the net.

Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 300

    Net Size: 70

    Cincinnati Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton certainly looks the part of Babe Ruth as tall, rather...rotund...fellow. Unfortunately, the right-hander had surgery on his elbow in late 2011 and is currently on the 60-day DL after injuring the same elbow.

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 255

    Net Size: 72.5

    Bruins forward Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in the NHL today—he stands an incredible seven feet on skates. Hockey doesn't generally lend itself to athletes of this height, but this guy is truly one of a kind. He's been a captain in Boston the last three years and is head and shoulders above (get it?) a lot of his teammates in terms of talent and skill.

Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 285

    Net Size: 72.5

    Adam "Big Donkey" Dunn is a designated hitter for the White Sox, which is ideal because it doesn't look like he'd be the swiftest running the bases. Donkeys certainly aren't known for their speed either.

John Scott, Buffalo Sabres

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 270

    Net Size: 75

    Fourth-line Buffalo Sabres winger John Scott has undoubtedly leaned on his size over a 10-year career spent bouncing between the AHL and NHL.

CC Sabathia, N.Y. Yankees

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 290

    Net Size: 80

    Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is, from what I can tell, the largest player in MLB. Of course, identifying these guys is pretty labor intensive, so it's possible he's got some (unknown to me) competition. All I know is that Sabathia's official weight is listed at 290, which doesn't seem quite right. Maybe after a serious stomach flu...

Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 253

    Net Size: 81.5

    Nets big man Kevin Garnett is another of just a handful of athletes on this list who surprised me with their size—or lack thereof, in this case. That's not to say KG isn't one massive man—he is. I guess that, combined with his even more massive on-court persona, always made me think he was the biggest dude on the planet.

Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 245

    Net Size: 82.5

    Lakers big man Pau Gasol isn't the only Gasol on this list—but he is my preferred of the brothers, for what it's worth. (Which, I realize, is nothing.) His official weight is listed at 245, but considering he recently shaved his ever-present beard for the first time in nine years, who knows what it stands at today.

Paul Soliai, Miami Dolphins

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 332

    Net Size: 86

    Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai is emerging as one of the NFL's best lane-clogging big-men, continuing the recent trend of physically imposing pro football talents with family ties rooted in the Pacific island territories of the United States. 

Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

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    Height: 6'11" 

    Weight: 265

    Net Size: 87.5

    Rockets center Dwight Howard may not be one of the more intimidating personalities in the NBA, but he is certainly imposing by his physical presence alone. That being said, he's got five inches and 50 pounds on former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, yet he looks like a little boy standing next to him.

Glen Davis, Orlando Magic

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 289

    Net Size: 89.5

    Magic power forward Glen Davis' nickname is "Big Baby," emphasis on the "big." He was named the SEC Player of the Year in 2006 and selected by the SuperSonics in the second round of the NBA draft in 2007.

Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 289

    Net Size: 94.5

    Quite conspicuously holding the coveted title of "NBA Big Man," center Al Jefferson signed a three-year deal with the struggling Bobcats in July. 

Shaun Rogers, New York Giants

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 350

    Net Size: 95

    The best NFL defensive tackles pair big, nearly immovable bodies with athletic ability belying the mass they're asked to move around a football field—Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rodgers has spent 13 years doing just that

Marcus Cannon, New England Patriots

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 340

    Net Size: 95

    It's a good thing Marcus Cannon is such a beast, because the Patriots are going to need all the help they can get in this season of transition. A few more injuries and this guy might be catching passes from Tom Brady.

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

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    Height: 7'1"

    Weight: 265

    Net Size: 97.5

    Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is just a shade bigger than older brother Pau, who plays for the Lakers. Must be something in those Gasol genes…apparently their boys only come in sizes "Large" and "Larger."

Kellen Heard, NFL Free Agent

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 341

    Net Size: 100.5

    Free-agent nose tackle Kellen Heard has struggled to stay on an NFL roster since first being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis by the Raiders in 2010. He has since had stints with the Bills, Rams and Colts.

Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 285

    Net Size: 102.5

    Newly signed Cavaliers big man Andrew Bynum is so lanky looking and has such fragile knees that I was actually surprised to learn he tips the scales at nearly 300 pounds. He certainly carries it well. As far as I could tell, this makes Bynum the third-largest active player in the NBA…or darn near.

Hasheem Thabeet, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Height: 7'3"

    Weight: 263

    Net Size: 106.5

    Hasheem Thabeet is one of countless players in the NBA chosen ridiculously high in the draft because he is ridiculously tall. Assuming someone is going to be great professional basketball player because he's tall is a stereotype costing NBA teams millions of dollars each year. Thabeet lasted less than two seasons with the Grizzlies before being traded to the Rockets…and then the Trail Blazers…and then he signed with the Thunder in 2012.

Michael Jasper, NFL Free Agent

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 375

    Net Size: 107.5

    Free-agent lineman Michael Jasper was drafted by the Bills out of Bethel in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. If there's anything such as too big in the league, this guy is it. Jasper spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before being activated in late December. He was released by the Bills the following summer and has since been dumped by the Titans, Omaha Nighthawks and Giants.

Eddy Curry, Zhejiang Golden Bulls

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 295

    Net Size: 107.5

    Believe it or not, before Eddy Curry's epic 100-pound weight loss in 2011, his overall size (157 net size) would've put him somewhere between the second and third athletes on this list. Which will be pretty freaking epic once you see who those guys are. Curry's current size is much better for his career—not to mention his health.

Leonard Davis, NFL Free Agent

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 355

    Net Size: 107.5

    For a man of his impressive girth, free-agent guard Leonard Davis had a very impressive career in the NFL. Drafted by the Cardinals No. 2 overall in 2001, the three-time Pro Bowler played last season with the Super Bowl runner-up 49ers. An even more positive spin would be calling the Niners the "NFC Champions," which Davis' Wikipedia page does.

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

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    Height: 7'2"

    Weight: 280

    Net Size: 110

    Roy Hibbert, the 26-year-old Pacers center, has always been a sizable presence on the court. But look for him to be even more sizable this upcoming season, having spent the offseason training with ageless (giant) wonder Tim Duncan.

King Dunlap, San Diego Chargers

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 330

    Net Size: 110

    King Dunlap is the rather giant offensive tackle currently tasked with protecting the blind side of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Having played his first five years with the Eagles, Dunlap became an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and signed a two-year deal with San Diego.

Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 343

    Net Size: 111.5

    Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt is positively massive, exactly the kind of guy you want blocking for MVP running back Adrian Peterson. An unrestricted free agent this past offseason, Peterson's public support had to have played a significant role in the decision to re-sign him.

Bryant McKinnie, Baltimore Ravens

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 352

    Net Size: 116

    Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie may be one of the largest players in the NFL, but that doesn't mean he's "fat or sloppy." So says McKinnie, who recently expressed his displeasure with the constant barrage of criticism he faces for how much he weighs.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-bryant-mckinnie-im-not-fat-or-sloppy-20130804,0,5456075.story

T.J. Barnes, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 364

    Net Size: 117

    Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes is a rookie who struggled a bit through training camp but ultimately made the final roster for the Jaguars.

Terrell Brown, NFL Free Agent

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 403

    Net Size: 151.5

    During this past offseason the Rams signed undrafted free agent Terrell Brown out of Ole Miss because coach Jeff Fisher said they were trying to "add size" to their offensive line. Well the added size was short-lived, as Brown was waived following an injury in July.

The Big Show, WWE

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 425

    Net Size: 172.5

    They don't call him the Big Show for nothing. The WWE superstar's name isn't an ironic nickname like "Little Kevin" (God rest his soul) from The Wire, who was called little but was actually quite large. The Big Show is, in fact, quite big.

Emanuel "Little" Yarbrough, Sumo Wrestler

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 600

    Net Size: 240

    Obviously this whole list would've been occupied by sumo wrestlers if we'd gone that direction—thankfully we didn't. One is enough when you've got Emmanuel Yarborough, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest athlete. Keep in mind—this is him after losing 100 pounds.

     

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