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Susie Moss
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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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John Madden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
John Madden age 81 - NFL video game franchise frontman 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Arnold Schwarzenegger age 70 - Governor of California, Celebrity Apprentice host

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
George Foreman age 68 - 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 45 - 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 58 - 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 54 - 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 70 - 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 52 - 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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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jim Brown age 81 - Actor

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Alan Page age 72

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Bob Gibson age 82 - Harlem Globetrotter

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Carl Weathers age 69 - Actor

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Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Mike Tyson age 51 - 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 74

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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Vinnie Jones age 52 - Actor

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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Warrick Dunn age 42 - Atlanta Falcons co-owner

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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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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Alex Karras Died at 77 (1935-2012) - Actor

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dikembe Mutombo age 51 - actavist

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Travis Pastrana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Travis Pastrana age 34 - NASCAR driver

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Wayne Gretzky age 56

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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 44 - 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 82 - 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 51 - Video game mogul

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Jake Plummer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jake Plummer age 43 - Professional handball player

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Jack McDowell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Jack McDowell age 51 - Rockstar

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Napoleon Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Napoleon Kaufman age 44 - 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 70

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John Rocker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
John Rocker age 43 - 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 46 - 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 46 - Politician

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