Shaquille O’Neal was one of the NBA’s biggest and most recognizable stars, with a personality big enough to match his 7’1” height.
The “Shaq” is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of American basketball and played professionally for an amazing 19 consecutive seasons. These days, he uses his big personality as a sports analyst on TV.
Andre The Giant – 6’9″, 520 lb
Andre the Giant was a wrestling legend with legions of fans all over the world. Many thought he was a staggering 7ft 4in tall, but he was more likely 6'9. He used his size and skills to fight three or four opponents at once and to defeat some WWE heavy hitters, including big-name stars like Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy. He was also well known for his role as Fezzik, the good-hearted giant, in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” which earned him plenty of new fans.
Andre the Giant suffered from a condition in which his body had an excess of human growth hormone, and this is the reason for his enhanced proportions and deep voice. Sadly, he passed away from heart failure in 1993 when he was only 46 years old.
Maria Sharapova – 6’2″
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is one of the tallest women to ever play professional tennis. She moved to the United States from her home country of Russia in the early 1990s to pursue her dream of being a champion. In the past three decades, she has worked hard and become a regular on the WTA, even holding the number one place in singles on five separate occasions.
Sharapova is a prime example of determination and has bounced back from numerous injuries over her career. She is still at the top of the tennis game today and has recently released a book titled “Unstoppable.”
LeBron James – 6’9″
Yes, we’re aware that LeBron James is ~not~ the tallest NBA player, but the man is still 6’8. We’d say that’s tall enough! James is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players to ever set foot on the court. Trust us, he’s got the accolades to prove it.
James has been playing basketball since the fifth grade, and obviously, all this training turned out to be a great investment as the guy is often compared to Michael Jordan and holds three Olympic medals as well as two FIBA titles.
Michael Jordan – 6’6″
When being incredibly successful in the Olympics is one of the minor things you’ll ever do, you know you’ve got the perfect career as a legendary athlete under your belt. So much has been said about Michael Jordan that at this point, it’s almost not worth going into.
He’s been in a good number of commercials since he retired from the NBA and is a passionate golfer, but at this point, we will just take this as an opportunity to remind you that he also starred in Space Jam.