There are athletes who climb the ladder of greatness in hopes of fostering a career that will leave an everlasting impression in their respective sport. The goal: To become larger than life.
Then, there are athletes who achieve this mythical status of sorts, because they ARE larger than life. These are giants who, even if they did not originally draw us to the television, keep our eyes glued to the screen.
They are titans, people who leave us scratching our heads, wondering, “How am I even the same species as this behemoth?”
1. Andre The Giant – Wrestling
There are giants, then there is Andre the Giant.
Andre the Giant was a French professional wrestler and an old school star of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
So, what qualifies him as “giant”? For some anecdotal evidence, Hulk Hogan (pictured below) is 6’7”.
Andre the Giant stood at 7’4” and weighed a whopping… wait for it… 520 lb!
His overwhelming size was a result of acromegaly which, unfortunately, led to an early death at the age of 46.