Top 20 Current Athletes Who Are Actually Out of Shape

We're in an era of sports where being out of shape is unacceptable considering how high the standards are to stay competitive. However, all across sports you find out of shape players that still have excellent athletic abilities and sometimes use their impessive weight to their advantage.

More often than not, players that are out of shape are held to a higher standard. One does not see an abundance of players in the middle of the pack or at the bottom that have weight issues. In fact, just about every name on this last is near or at the top of their sport. It is not uncommon to see a baseball player be overweight and be successful. Take C.C. Sabathia for example, who claims that the extra weight helps his game and keeps him strong. On the flip side, others such as John Daly, who have remained competitive, never really prospered or reached their full potential.

Some of the best nicknames in sports have come out of poking a little fun at an overweight player. Does anyone remember Jared Lorenzen, aka “The Hefty Lefty” or “The Pillsbury Throw Boy”?

He was a pretty incredible athlete too, just check out this video.

Growing up, we all had that one friend who made us wonder, how the hell is he doing that? Typically when we think of the best athletes we automatically think muscular and trim. However, there are a handful of players who have played at their best while still being a little bit out of shape and a lot of those guys make this list.

20 20. Jeroen Verhoeven


19 19. Andre Smith

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18 18. Eric "Butterbean" Esch


17 17. Phil Mickelson

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16 16. Tony Stewart

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15 15. Bartolo Colon

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14 14. Glen Davis

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13 13. John Daly

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12 12. Sebastian Janikowski

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11 11. Adriano


10 10. Prince Fielder

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9 9. Jameis Winston

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8 8. Vince Wilfork

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7 7. B.J. Raji

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6 6. Zach Randolph

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5 5. Pablo Sandoval

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4 4. Miguel Cabrera

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3 3. Angel Cabrera

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2 2. C.C. Sabathia

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1 1. Phil Kessel

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The only hockey player to make this list, Phil Kessel recently ran himself out of Toronto because of his lazy attitude towards training and keeping himself in shape. In 2014, he admitted to Sportsnet that he skated “maybe ten times all summer.” Much like the outcome Kessel had with the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs highest paid and most talented player was shipped to Pittsburgh this offseason, in order to clear some space for younger and harder working guys. The good news for Kessel is that he gets to play with actual NHLers now.

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Top 20 Current Athletes Who Are Actually Out of Shape