The Biggest Names In Sports: Athletes Who Tower Over the Competition

The athletes on this list have all gone down in history—not just for their sports, but also for their record-breaking heights. Some of the professional athletes you’ll see on this list have soared past seven feet tall, making them a huge asset for NBA teams that want them.

These skilled athletes across dozens of sports could easily be recognized for their skill on its own, but become even more of a dominant force when their size is taken into account. The average height for a US woman is 5’4, while the average height for a male is 5’9. These athletes have well surpassed those numbers.

Sport: Basketball
Height/Weight: 7’1”/324 lbs.
Est Net Worth: $400 million*


Shaquille O’Neal is considered one of the best NBA players of all time. He is also one of the tallest, as he is over seven feet in height. Only 0.000038% of the entire world is over seven feet tall. Shaq was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft in 1992, as the first overall pick.

He had a long career, spanning from 1992 until 2011. O’Neal would later go on to stay involved in the sport, even after he retired. He is now a sports analyst for Inside the NBA, a post-game basketball show on TNT.

Sport: Wrestling
Height/Weight: 7’4”/529 lbs.
Est Net Worth: $10 million*


Andre the Giant was a professional wrestler and former actor. He had size 22 shoes, and his wrist size was apparently the same as that of a gorilla. The professional wrestler was born in France, and he wrestled for the WWE. His most famous feud was with Hulk Hogan, which culminated at the 1987 WrestleMania III.

Acting-wise, fans of The Princess Bride will easily recognize him, as he played Fezzick the Giant in the movie. He also, in addition to the tons of screen time he got with the WWE, had a posthumous screen appearance in Trading Mom in 1994.

Sport: Soccer
Height/Weight: 6’7”/165 lbs.
Est Net Worth: $35 million*


Peter Crouch is a former professional soccer player. He was born in Macclesfield, UK, and he played as a striker. His specs while on the team were impressive. While on the English national team, he was capped forty-two times between 2005 and 2010. He scored 22 goals for England during that time, and he was at two World Cups.

Crouch was also one of the tallest soccer players ever, standing at 6’7” and weighing in at a lean 165 pounds. Crouch retired in 2010 after experts warned that he might have an undiagnosed case of Marfan Syndrome that could cut his career short.

Sport: Tennis
Height/Weight: 6’10”/245 lbs.
Est Net Worth: $32 million*


John Isner is a professional tennis player. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and he has reached a ranking as high as eighth in the world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. At 6’10”, Isner is no doubt one of the tallest tennis players in history.

He attended the University of Georgia, impressing scouts there with his playing talent. He went pro in 2007, and he won his first title in 2010 at Wimbledon. His 2010 title was one of the longest matches in Wimbledon history, taking a record eleven hours and five minutes to conclude. 

Sport: Boxing
Height/Weight: 7’/331 lbs.
Est Net Worth: $1 million*


Nikolai Valuev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1973. He is a former professional boxer turned Russian politician. He competed as a boxer from 1993 until 2009, and he won the WBA title twice (heavyweight, obviously). He would appear on several TV shows and movies, including Gift With Character, 7 Dwarves, Good Night, Little One, and Eto smeshno.

Valuev retired on November 10, 2009, just three days after he lost to David Haye, a former cruiserweight champion. Haye, never known for his subtlety, had stated that he considered Valuev a “circus show freak” who “happened to be boxing.”