Former Morgan State athlete is world's heaviest living athlete

July 23, 2012|By Zach Helfand | The Baltimore Sun

If you’re an athlete, and you are reading this, Emmanuel Yarborough is heavier than you.

Guinness World Records named the 6-foot-8, 704-pound former Morgan State wrestler and football player the world’s heaviest living athlete, as reported by the Huffington Post. After earning All-American honors as a wrestler in college, Yarborough fought as an MMA fighter and now competes as a sumo wrestler.

According to the Huffington Post, Yarborough, 47, has held the title since 2001, and his achievement, so to speak, was recently featured in a Guinness e-book, “Wacky Sporting Champions.”

Yarborough told the Huffington Post that though it is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a sumo wrestler, he is trying to slim down.

“I'm trying to lose weight,” he said. “I can't maintain this weight healthily and get the most out of the sport.”

And apparently Yarborough has a sense of humor: his tag on Twitter? @TinySumo.  

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