While some sportsmen have personalities and egos that are larger than life – others are biologically immense. Their physical stature creates an intimidating presence that almost always gets sports fans talking and opponents cowering.
In this week’s #LeftBackHigh5, we take a closer look at 5 athletes that are large and in charge.
Disclaimer: While it would’ve be easy (and accurate) to fill this top 5 with WWE superstars – we’ve decided to keep it to a giant per sport.
5) Cameron Skelton
We’ll kick things off with the smallest man on the list. The “baby brother” of Waratahs and Wallaby lock, Will, Cameron is somewhat of a man mountain standing 6.9” tall and tipping the scales at 153 kgs. Must be something in the water at casa Skelton.
Even so, in my opinion, I’d tackle Skelton before I tackled Springbok hardman Etzebeth
4) Terrell Brown
NFL is a sport that, much like basketball, seems to attract the behemoths of the world and while rugby and NFL fans often engage in a fierce debate about who is tougher – the argument for who is bigger is a one sided one. NFL linemen (the okes who form the ‘line’ during a scrimmage) are generally massive and it’s not usual for them to stand around 6ft4 and weigh 150kgs plus. Terrell Brown makes those okes look small – look at him.
3) Big Show
As we mentioned in our disclaimer above – WWE superstars are generally giants of the sporting world and it would be easy to include 5 of them here. While guys like the Great Khali and the Undertaker could’ve challenged the Big Show for this title – his weight tips the scales in his favour. Hard to not be terrified at the thought of nearly 200kgs falling on top of you.
2) Mohammad Irfan
While Mohammed might be the second tallest in our list – he is probably the least scary, except of course when he is bearing down on you on a cricket pitch. Sure you have a bat to protect yourself but the height and pace he is able to generate from way up there is a scary thought. Not that he does though, but he could.
1) Roy Hibbert
While the collective egos of the Australian cricket team were stiff competition here – ultimately, Roy is number one on our list of the biggest athletes in world sport. This Jamaican born man mountain currently represents the Indiana Pacers in the NBA and at a whooping 7ft2, he is the tallest guy on our list. He might also be the most talented – scooping a number of accolades during his career including two NBA all star awards in 2012 and 2014.
There you have it – 5 of the sporting world’s biggest athletes – any we have left off the list? As usual, get involved, comment on this article or hit us with a tweet @leftbacks.
Until next week!