The Land of Giants: The Largest Athletes in Sports History

One of the most exciting parts about a sporting event is watching athletes, who present us with examples of all that we can accomplish if we put our focus on physical prowess. Even the most average of professional athletes have logged thousands of hours on training and practices, and their body shape has adapted to support their needs.

While all athletes train to get their bodies into shape, some special athletes are born with an enhanced physique that allows them to literally stand head and shoulders above the competition. Here are some of the most physically large athletes in history.

1. André the Giant

Although André the Giant started his career as a professional wrestler, you may recognize him from his arguably more famous stint as the giant Fezzik in The Princess Bride.

Born André René Roussimoff, he stood 7 feet 4 inches tall before he died of congestive heart failure at the age of 46. His extreme height was due to an excess of growth hormone, which was most likely caused by an extremely rare but benign tumor called a pituitary adenoma. He was first billed as André the Giant by Vince McMahon Senior, the founder of what is now known as World Wrestling Entertainment.

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