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List Rules Only their post-sports jobs, nothing before or during their career

Athletes with the coolest post-sports careers are those former professional athletes who after their playing days ended, went on to do some pretty amazing things. From those who went into politics to others who built business empires and even others who chose wacky careers, all of these athletes found fun new paths off the field.

Nearly any former athlete can find work after their playing career ends as a broadcaster or coach of their respective sports but how many can go on to be President of the United States of America? One did it, former University of Michigan football player Gerald Ford. While few will live up to that precedent, other athletes have seen success in politics such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as Governor of California, and Jesse Ventura, who was the Governor of Minnesota.

Show business is another common landing place for retired athletes with the likes of Carl Weathers, Vinnie Jones and Jim Brown all seeing success on the field and on the big and small screens. Becoming a business executive would be another with former atletes making a name for themselves as the face of product lines, like George Foreman and John Madden, or even going on to own the teams in the sports they once played, like Mario Lemieux, Nolan Ryan and Michael Jordan.

While not all of the best athletes of all time will go on to find success off the field, these special athletes with awesome post-sports careers prove that with the right determination, retired athletes can go on to long and successful careers in many other fields.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Arnold Schwarzenegger age 68 - Governor of California, Celebrity Apprentice host

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John Madden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
John Madden age 79 - NFL video game franchise frontman 

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
George Foreman age 66 - Television infomercial small kitchen appliance frontman 

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Gerald Ford Died at 93 (1913-2006) - President of the United States of America

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Shaquille O'Neal age 43 - Police officer

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Magic Johnson age 56 - Talkshow host and AIDS activist

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Michael Jordan age 52 - Charlotte Bobcats owner

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Nolan Ryan age 68 - Texas Rangers owner

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Mario Lemieux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Mario Lemieux age 50 - Pittsburgh Penguins owner

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Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Roger Maris Died at 51 (1934-1985) - Beer distributiorship owner

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Alan Page age 70

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Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Bob Gibson age 80 - Harlem Globetrotter

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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jim Brown age 79 - Actor

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Carl Weathers age 67 - Actor

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Mike Tyson age 49 - Pigeon trainer

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Manute Bol Died at 48 (1962-2010) - Philanthropist and Sudan activist

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Bill Bradley age 72

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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Warrick Dunn age 40 - Atlanta Falcons co-owner

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dikembe Mutombo age 49 - actavist

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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jack Kemp Died at 74 (1935-2009)

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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Vinnie Jones age 50 - Actor

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Alex Karras Died at 77 (1935-2012) - Actor

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Wayne Gretzky age 54

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Travis Pastrana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Travis Pastrana age 32 - NASCAR driver

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Oscar de la Hoya age 42 - Boxing promoter

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Bobby Richardson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Bobby Richardson age 80 - Minister

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Luc Robitaille is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Curt Schilling age 49 - Video game mogul

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Jack McDowell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jack McDowell age 49 - Rockstar

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Jake Plummer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jake Plummer age 41 - Professional handball player

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Napoleon Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Napoleon Kaufman age 42 - Ordained minister

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
O. J. Simpson age 68

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John Rocker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
John Rocker age 41 - Speak English campaign founder

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Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Johnnie Morton age 44 - Mixed martial artist

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Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Heath Shuler age 44 - Politician

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Adrian McBride is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers