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The Smartest Professional Athletes

List Criteria: Vote up the pro athletes you know (or believe) to be the smartest in the leagues

The smartest professional athletes include Rhodes Scholars, 1580 SAT scorers and Ivy League standouts whose book smarts and pure intelligence is equally as impressive as their athletic ability. Smart athletes come from all sports with members of the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB among those who could easily be doctors, lawyers and very successful businessmen.

While typically athletes are stereotyped as meatheads or big dumb animals, these athletes from football, basketball, hockey and baseball have nearly as many accomplishments off the field as they do on. These are not the athletes who skipped college or left early for the promise of big bucks playing professional sports. These are the athletes who made the tough decision to stay in school and earn a degree to carry them once their professional career ended.

Take NFL safety Myron Rolle for example. He didn't just graduate premed from Florida State University in 2 1/2 years but went on to earn a master's from Oxford. He's far from the only smarty pants in the NFL though. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't just the fifth quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in his debut but also the 2004 Ivy League MVP while pursuing an economics degree at Harvard.

As if we didn't need another reason to hate be jealous of professional athletes with their fame, fortune and hot wives, these highly successful athletes are also way smarter than us. Some guys have all the luck!
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    1972 Duke University

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    1974 Santa Clara University

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    1976 University of Tennessee

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    1988 Harvard University

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    1978 Duke University

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    most listed & added by qzsp 1977 University of Michigan

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    added by hookstyler 1979 Purdue University

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    added by DavidBrands 1951 For his time there was no quarterback who could read defenses and surgically connect on passes ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by username001 1965 Widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college and NBA history. Robinson scored ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jc.osen96 Magic Johnson The most creative passer in the game of Basketball 

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BenjaminFarias 1976

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    ranked low on reranks & added by vulovic Novak Đoković 06.08.1987

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    added by bfrank53 1953 Only perfect Wanderlic score ever.

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    added by bfrank53 1905 Became owner of Coca-Cola of Western Europe

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    new! & added by Charlie FQ 1968 Aeronautical engineering grad in three years, 4.0 GPA, despite NOT speaking English when he ...

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