George Bell is 2 inches taller than the NBA's current tallest player, Yao Ming, but too short to be the world's tallest living man. He stands below, according to Guinness, Ukraine's 8-foot-5.5 Leonid Stadnyk and China's Bao Xishun, who is 7 feet 8.95 inches.
Bell need to wear size-19 shoes, pants with a 43-inch inseam and shirts with 45-inch sleeves.
Bell came forward to claim the title after Guinness World Records launched a contest in August to find the tallest American.
"I don't need to get in the book for someone to tell me I'm tall," Bell said.
"People tell me that all the time, but to be recognized in the book is an honor." (New York Daily News)