Most Out Of Shape Professional Athletes Of All Time

By Jacob Kornhauser

Athletes come in all different sizes, but there are some from the past and present who are much bigger than normal. These 15 athletes all were gargantuan even while dominating their respective sports.

Most Out Of Shape Professional Athletes Of All Time
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15. Pablo Sandoval - 5' 11", 295 lbs.

Pablo Sandoval - 5' 11", 295 lbs. Credit: Bob DiChiara-USA Today Sports
Kung Fu Panda doesn't seem like he's ready to do kung fu anytime soon. The Red Sox slugger got majorly out of shape last offseason and has yet to recover, making that the biggest knock on him at this point.

15. Pablo Sandoval - 5' 11", 295 lbs.

Kung Fu Panda doesn't seem like he's ready to do kung fu anytime soon. The Red Sox slugger got majorly out of shape last offseason and has yet to recover, making that the biggest knock on him at this point.

14. Tony Stewart - 5' 9", 180 lbs.

Tony Stewart - 5' 9", 180 lbs. Credit: Amber Searls-USA Today Sports
Stewart has never been in that great of shape and apparently sitting in a car constantly doesn't help at all. He's not incredibly fat like other guys on this list, but he seems like he's keeping the weight in all the wrong places.

14. Tony Stewart - 5' 9", 180 lbs.

Stewart has never been in that great of shape and apparently sitting in a car constantly doesn't help at all. He's not incredibly fat like other guys on this list, but he seems like he's keeping the weight in all the wrong places.

13. Sebastian Janikowski - 6' 1", 258 lbs.

Sebastian Janikowski - 6' 1", 258 lbs. Credit: Kelley L. Cox-USA Today Sports
Over the years, Janikowski has steadily gotten more pudgy to the point where he is now fat. He will just stand on the sidelines and go in for the occasional kick. One has to imagine he hits the buffet quite a bit as well.

13. Sebastian Janikowski - 6' 1", 258 lbs.

Over the years, Janikowski has steadily gotten more pudgy to the point where he is now fat. He will just stand on the sidelines and go in for the occasional kick. One has to imagine he hits the buffet quite a bit as well.

12. C.C. Sabathia - 6' 7", 290 lbs.

C.C. Sabathia - 6' 7", 290 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
Sabathia is another athlete whose weight problems have been well documented. There's no way to know if being out of shape has contributed to his recent woes, but it certainly can't be helping his case.

12. C.C. Sabathia - 6' 7", 290 lbs.

Sabathia is another athlete whose weight problems have been well documented. There's no way to know if being out of shape has contributed to his recent woes, but it certainly can't be helping his case.

11. Bartolo Colon - 5' 11", 283 lbs.

Bartolo Colon - 5' 11", 283 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
It's a wonder how Colon is still pitching at his age and in his physical shape. He's not the quickest off the mound, but he still manages to make plays from time to time. The righty will look to do it one more time in Queens this season.

11. Bartolo Colon - 5' 11", 283 lbs.

It's a wonder how Colon is still pitching at his age and in his physical shape. He's not the quickest off the mound, but he still manages to make plays from time to time. The righty will look to do it one more time in Queens this season.

10. Babe Ruth - 6' 2", 215 lbs.

Babe Ruth - 6' 2", 215 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
They say Ruth "did it on hot dogs and beer," and they likely aren't far off. Ruth ignored pretty much every tip for healthy living and he kept on hitting home runs. Baseball wise, his approach worked out pretty well for him.

10. Babe Ruth - 6' 2", 215 lbs.

They say Ruth "did it on hot dogs and beer," and they likely aren't far off. Ruth ignored pretty much every tip for healthy living and he kept on hitting home runs. Baseball wise, his approach worked out pretty well for him.

9. William "The Refrigerator" Perry - 6' 2", 335 lbs.

William "The Refrigerator" Perry - 6' 2", 335 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
You know you're a big dude when your nickname is a large household appliance. "The Fridge" was a key part of the 1985 Bears' amazing defense and is one of the bigger defensive lineman to ever play the game.

9. William "The Refrigerator" Perry - 6' 2", 335 lbs.

You know you're a big dude when your nickname is a large household appliance. "The Fridge" was a key part of the 1985 Bears' amazing defense and is one of the bigger defensive lineman to ever play the game.

8. Albert Haynesworth - 6' 6", 380 lbs.

Albert Haynesworth - 6' 6", 380 lbs. Credit: Kim Klement-USA Today Sports
Haynesworth signed a huge contract with the Redskins but then couldn't even pass a fitness test with the team. He really let himself go and, following the offseason in which he got out of shape, he was never the same again.

8. Albert Haynesworth - 6' 6", 380 lbs.

Haynesworth signed a huge contract with the Redskins but then couldn't even pass a fitness test with the team. He really let himself go and, following the offseason in which he got out of shape, he was never the same again.

7. Butterbean - 5' 11", 425 lbs.

Butterbean - 5' 11", 425 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
Boxer Eric Esch, nicknamed "Butterbean", was well over 400 pounds during his boxing career, but that didn't stop him. He was actually very talented in the ring and could move around pretty well for someone of his size.

7. Butterbean - 5' 11", 425 lbs.

Boxer Eric Esch, nicknamed "Butterbean", was well over 400 pounds during his boxing career, but that didn't stop him. He was actually very talented in the ring and could move around pretty well for someone of his size.

6. Charles Barkley - 6' 6", 252 lbs.

Charles Barkley - 6' 6", 252 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
"The Round Mound of Rebound" is a very accurate nickname for Charles Barkley, emphasis on "round". He was in better shape during his playing days than he is now, but that's not saying very much.

6. Charles Barkley - 6' 6", 252 lbs.

"The Round Mound of Rebound" is a very accurate nickname for Charles Barkley, emphasis on "round". He was in better shape during his playing days than he is now, but that's not saying very much.

5. Vince Wilfork - 6' 2", 325 lbs.

Vince Wilfork - 6' 2", 325 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
Wilfork may just have the most famous beer belly in sports. The massive defensive tackle has been one of the best run stuffers in the game for a long time, likely because opposing backs are scared he's going to smash them.

5. Vince Wilfork - 6' 2", 325 lbs.

Wilfork may just have the most famous beer belly in sports. The massive defensive tackle has been one of the best run stuffers in the game for a long time, likely because opposing backs are scared he's going to smash them.

4. John Daly - 5' 11", 215 lbs.

John Daly - 5' 11", 215 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
It's a wonder how Daly is as talented as he is at his size. He subscribes to several unhealthy vices, including drinking and smoking, which haven't helped his cause. His listed weight of 215 pounds has to be very generous on the PGA's part.

4. John Daly - 5' 11", 215 lbs.

It's a wonder how Daly is as talented as he is at his size. He subscribes to several unhealthy vices, including drinking and smoking, which haven't helped his cause. His listed weight of 215 pounds has to be very generous on the PGA's part.

3. John Kruk - 5' 10", 204 lbs.

John Kruk - 5' 10", 204 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
Over the course of his career, Kruk seemed to get bigger and bigger. He enjoyed a very successful career but was always teased for his weight. Kruk hasn't exactly done much to get rid of the teasing since he retired from the sport.

3. John Kruk - 5' 10", 204 lbs.

Over the course of his career, Kruk seemed to get bigger and bigger. He enjoyed a very successful career but was always teased for his weight. Kruk hasn't exactly done much to get rid of the teasing since he retired from the sport.

2. David Wells - 6' 3", 248 lbs.

David Wells - 6' 3", 248 lbs. Credit: Twitter
When Wells pitched his perfect game for the Yankees, he looked like someone's dad who just got up off the couch and pitched for the Bronx Bombers. He reportedly pitched that game while hungover; maybe drinking contributed to his massive size.

2. David Wells - 6' 3", 248 lbs.

When Wells pitched his perfect game for the Yankees, he looked like someone's dad who just got up off the couch and pitched for the Bronx Bombers. He reportedly pitched that game while hungover; maybe drinking contributed to his massive size.

1. Mo Vaughn - 6' 1", 275 lbs.

Mo Vaughn - 6' 1", 275 lbs. Credit: Getty Images
Vaughn, at his largest, was one of the most imposing figures in baseball history. He couldn't exactly move around fast, but a lot of times he didn't have to. The 1995 AL MVP got to jog around the bases when he knocked balls out of the park.

1. Mo Vaughn - 6' 1", 275 lbs.

Vaughn, at his largest, was one of the most imposing figures in baseball history. He couldn't exactly move around fast, but a lot of times he didn't have to. The 1995 AL MVP got to jog around the bases when he knocked balls out of the park.

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