The dumb jock stereotype might be a struggle for athletic students, but it’s even tougher when all-star athletes have to battle dyslexia. The learning disability affects the ability to read and understand texts, making it tough to get good grades, pass important tests, and even read playbooks. Here are also celebrities with dyslexia and athletes with ADHD.
Still, these famous boxers, NBA stars, football players, and other world-class athletes have been able to thrive. Although many were labeled dumb in school, they developed coping mechanisms and other outlets that allowed them to shine.
Some of these athletes were diagnosed with the disorder when they were young, while others did not know that they were dyslexics until adulthood. One famous basketball player says that dyslexia cause him to push harder to prove himself.
Who is the most famous dyslexic athlete? Muhammad Ali tops our list. As a teen, Cassius Clay struggled with high school. "Many of my teachers labeled me dumb," he said. "I could barely read my textbooks."
Tim Tebow also has dyslexia. He says, "You can be extremely bright and still have dyslexia. You just have to understand how you learn and how you process information. When you know that, you can overcome a lot of the obstacles that come with dyslexia."Is your favorite sports star among these famous athletes with dyslexia? Find out below!
Growing up, Olympic diver Greg Louganis was bullied for his dyslexia. He figured out that his reading problem was actually dyslexia during his freshman year of college.Now, he's learned strategies to cope. "When I do public speaking, I have an outline, a list of bullet points. That’s how I manage my public speaking. I always know the stories, so I just want to make sure that I’m guided in such a way that those stories make sense and have logical beginnings, middles, and ends."
- Age: 61
- Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States of America
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYIn school, former Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley struggled with reading due to dyslexia.
- Age: 62
- Birthplace: Houston, Texas
- Teams: Washington Redskins, Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Ottawa Rough Riders, Phoenix Cardinals
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY49ers running back Frank Gore overcame his dyslexia and eventually earned a Super Bowl ring in 2012.
- Age: 38
- Birthplace: Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America
- Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Miami Hurricanes football
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYOlympic ice skater Meryl Davis was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was in third grade. That didn't stop her from winning a gold medal and two world championships.
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan