The 12 Most Freakish Body Parts in Sports
Look, we all know how the saying goes, "bigger is better." So for someone who's just 5'8", trust me when I say I'd love to have a little longer legs or broader shoulders.
But not everything bigger is always that better.
Sure, guys with big hands might be able to snatch a football out of the air, but I bet they hate digging through their pockets for loose change.
Or guys with big feet. Do they really enjoy going to three different stores in order to get the right size? Probably not.
In honor of some of these people though, I'm giving you the 12 most freakish body parts in sports, so go measure yourself to see how you stack up against these athletes.
Yao Ming's Head
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Freak Part: His large head.
I don't know what's more impressive. The fact that former NBA center Yao Ming stood 7'6", or that he had the head that sat atop his frame similar to that of Stewie Griffin's?
Unfortunately, one of the measurables during scouting for NBA players isn't "head size," but if it were, I'd bet a lot of money that Yao would come out on top.
The thing seriously disrupts anyone sitting behind him.
LeBron James' Toe
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Freak Part: The disformity of his toe.
LeBron James might have the most dominating basketball game on the planet, but if he ever entered himself into a "Lovely Toes" contest (for whatever reason), he wouldn't stand a damn chance.
With millions of dollars at his disposal to spend, you'd think he'd take some time to get that toe of his fixed—especially since they rest in $315 kicks!
But with back-to-back rings and four league MVPs, I'm sure he just doesn't care all that much.
Robert Forstemann's Thighs
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Freak Part: His massive 34-inch around thighs.
For all you dudes who spend hours in the gym doing squats, maybe it's time to hop on a bike and do laps at high speeds instead, because it will produce some seriously swollen thighs.
Just take a look at German cyclist Robert Forstemann, who might not have a $1 billion insurance plan on his legs like Mariah Carey, but might as well with legs that measure at 34 inches around—showing that he'll dominate any thigh-off he has.
Dwight Howard's Ears
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Freak Part: His abnormally small ears.
New Rockets center Dwight Howard might boast some of the broadest shoulders ever seen in the NBA, as well as display a jumping ability nearly unmatched by anyone else, but if you look at his tiny ears, they seem a bit off in proportion with the rest of his body.
That's because the 6'11" Howard has ears the size of an infant—but they still won't stop him from hearing all the boos from Laker fans this upcoming season, just as he did in his return to Orlando.
Jon Jones' Arms
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Freak Part: His 84.5" reach.
Muhammad Ali was once quoted a saying he, "floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee," when he was still boxing.
But if you're Jon Jones—who has an insane 84.5" reach—there's almost no reason to dance around and float like a butterfly, because Jones can seemingly land a punch on his opponent from about a mile away.
OK, maybe not quite that far, but you get the point—Jones has some long arms which have helped him hold the light heavyweight title.
Svetlana Pankratova's Legs
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Freak Part: Her world-record 4'4" legs.
Have you heard of Svetlana Pankratova before?
But if you followed the VCU women's basketball team between 1992 and '95, you may have, because she was a standout for the Rams in the mid-'90s when she set school records for most career blocks.
These days, she's coaching hoops in Virginia, probably giving some of the best advice a post player could receive given Pankratova has the longest female legs in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Those are quite the stems if I must say.
Hakeem Nicks' Hands
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Freak Part: His size 10.5" hands.
With two 1,000-yard receiving seasons since being drafted in the first round by the Giants in 2009, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has shown that he has some pretty good hands.
Proving his catching ability might be pretty easy though when you consider that Nicks has the largest hands in the NFL, boasting 10.5" palms, good enough for biggest in the league, and is given special treatment by the Giants to order custom gloves.
I wonder what it feels like to give him a high-five?
Shaquille O'Neal's Shoe Size
Freak Part: His size 22 shoe.
When a guy like Shaquille O'Neal walks into a room, most people are going to look at him in awe for a couple of reasons.
One, knowing Shaq, he'll probably be the most charismatic person there.
Two, he's a monster, standing 7'1".
And lastly, Shaq has four NBA titles, so chances are he's wearing at least one of his rings to wherever he's going.
But after straining your neck looking up at him the entire time, after a while you'll be forced to look down, which is where his size 22 shoes will be on display.
And it looks like Shaq will have some competition in the near future, as at least one hoops phenom's feet might surpass O'Neal's.
Torry Holt's Finger
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Freak Part: His mangled fingers.
Being an NFL wide receiver might seem like it's a fun job, but snatching all those passes over the years definitely takes its toll.
If you need more explanation, look no further than former wideout Torry Holt, who showed off his disgusting falange on TV for everyone to barf up whatever they were eating at the time.
Kenny George's Everything
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Freak Part: Just about everything.
Some of you might remember former UNC-Asheville basketball player, Kenny George.
Standing a whopping 7'7", weighing 360 pounds and wearing a, get this, custom-made size 26 shoe, George is literally too large to have forgotten about.
Kawhi Leonard's Arms and Hands
Freak Parts: Both his 87"-plus wingspan and his 11.5" hands.
The Spurs Kawhi Leonard may have had a breakout 2012 season by helping get his team to the NBA Finals, proving that he has the skills to be a potential All-Star.
But even before helping slow down LeBron James in last year's title round, Leonard was larger than life—if you're referring to his arms and hands of course.
Dude has a wingspan of over seven feet and hands that are just about the size of a ruler.
For a guy just 6'7", that's absolutely incredible.
Kevin Mench's Head
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Freak Part: His 8 1/4" hat size.
He may not have played a single Major League game since 2010, but that doesn't mean that former big-leaguer Kevin Mench still doesn't have a reputation of having a monster noggin.
In most cases, being called "big-headed" would be a terrible thing, usually referring to how full of yourself you are.