Tall claims! 5 extremely tall athletes who fell in love with average sized partners
The sports world has seen some really big moments in recent decades. Big wins, big money and more often than not, really big athletes. We don’t mean just big, these talented giants are way above normal heads. But even though they might seem tough and dangerous in appearance, their hearts fell for average sweethearts.
We take a look at 5 larger than life athletes who married average sized partners.
Shaquille O’Neal and wife Laticia Rolle have been together since 2014. (Source: Mens XP)
Probably the world’s most prominent when it comes to really tall sports personalities, Shaq has been a driving force in his prime. The former NBA superstar stands at a towering 7’1” and has been instrumental in the success for the teams he played for.
Despite his heavy build and giant physique, the American basketball legend was known for his agility and athleticism.
Being the extremely talented yet lighthearted man, Shaquille married blogger turned model Laticia Rolle. The couple have been together since 2014 and their love for each other is very prominent.
The Great Khali
The Great Khali a.k.a Dalip Singh and his wife Harminder Kaur have been together since 2002. (Source: Mens XP)
This Punjabi professional wrestler is the most successful Indian to have graced the ring in the WWE universe. Matches with international greats of the sport including John Cena and The Undertaker, Khali made India proud in ways that are both commendable and astonishing.
Apart from being the giant fight machine crushing heads all over the world, Dalip Singh has always been a soft Indian boy at heart. He was also called the ‘Punjabi Playboy’ during the second half of his career.
The WWE star whose height is 7’1” fell in love with Harminder Kaur who is 5’9”. The couple tied the knot in 2002. On more than one occasion, Dalip has showcased his affection for Harminder.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsso a.ka ‘The Mountain’
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and his wife Kelsey Henson have been together since October last year. (Source: Insider)
You may know him as the lethal giant from the Game Of Thrones series as ‘The Mountain’, but did you know that the 6’9” jumbo killing machine on screen is a professional strongman off screen with many prestigious titles to his name. The talented big man even broke is own record in deadlifting very recently.
Björnsso is married to fitness model Kelsey Henson. The couple exchanged vows in October 2018 and have been very prominent on social media, often showing the world how their extreme differences in size don’t stop them from being completely in love. Kelsey is 5’2”.
Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li met back in 1998 and tied the knot in 2007. (Source: Mens XP)
One of the tallest men on the planet, Yao Ming is at a staggering 7’3” and has played in the NBA for the Houston Rockets. One of the first Asians to achieve this feat, Ming has been a part of ‘tallest’ lists ever since he first came to attention during his games as a basketball player.
The couple met each other way back in 1998 when Ye Li was only 17 years old and they tied the knot in 2007. Though Li also shares Mings passion for Basketball as a professional player, when posing together, the couple sure look worlds apart.
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch and Abbey married in 2011. (Source: Dailymail)
Arguably one of the most famous tall-players in the world of football, Peter Crouch has been in some of the biggest clubs in the world. The former Liverpool forward might not be the tallest player to ever play the game, but his skills with the ball despite his 6’7” stance is very impressive.
The England footballer married Abby Clancy in 2011 and has made it very public that he did not expect the beautiful woman to be his wife. In more than one occasion, Crouch has stated that if it wasn’t for him being a successful footballer, he would not have a beautiful wife.