Shaquille O'Neal weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces when he was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, N.J. At over 7 feet tall, Shaq became one of the most imposing basketball players to play in the NBA.
O'Neal began to grow rapidly while in junior high, and during this time, his parents suggested he try playing sports. In the ninth grade, he was 6.5 feet tall. In high school, he was 6 feet 10 inches tall and wore a size 17 shoe that was too small. When O'Neal stop growing, he was 7 feet 1 inch tall, and he weighed 325 pounds at the peak of his basketball career.