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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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    1988 More
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    most listed
    Tom Brady

    1977 More
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    added by: qzsp
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    1979 More
    71
    added by: hookstyler
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    1961 More
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    1982 More
    63
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    1984 More
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    1969 More
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    1986 More
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    1949 More
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    added by: zxray
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    1980 More
    51
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    1978 More
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    1951 More
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    added by: DavidBrands
    For his time there was no quarterback who could read defenses and surgically connect on passes ... more
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    1976 More
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    added by: zxray
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    1980 More
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    1960 More
    45
    added by: vijaymohanp
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    1970 More
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    1943 More
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    added by: Rat Calabrese
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    David Robinson

    1965 More
    42
    added by: username001
    Widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college and NBA history. Robinson scored ... more
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    Magic Johnson

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    added by: jc.osen96
    The most creative passer in the game of Basketball 
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    Chris Young

    1979 More
    40
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    1940 More
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    added by: zxray
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    Julius Erving

    1950 More
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    added by: charlieup2
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    1982 More
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    added by: Rat Calabrese
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    1988 More
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    1980 More
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    Douglas Murray

    1980 More
    34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Doleac

    1977 More
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    Alan Page

    1945 More
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    added by: Rat Calabrese
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    added by: zxray
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    added by: charlieup2
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    added by: zxray
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    1965 More
    32
    added by: jschro1861
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    Brian Bannister

    1981 More
    32
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    1939 More
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    added by: zxray
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    Kobe Bryant

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    added by: JimmyCooper
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    1952 More
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    added by: zxray
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sam Acho

    1988 More
    31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jody Gerut

    1977 More
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    Novak Đoković

    06.08.1987 More
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    added by: vulovic
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    1905 More
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    added by: bfrank53
    Became owner of Coca-Cola of Western Europe
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    No image
    1953 More
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    added by: bfrank53
    Only perfect Wanderlic score ever.
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    1976 More
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    added by: BenjaminFarias
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