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Famous Athletes Who Are Lawyers 

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Updated September 9, 2019 22k views 22 items

So much for that stereotype about the dumb jock. This list of successful athletes who are lawyers proves that you can have both brains and brawn. Earning a law degree is no easy fete, especially while training to become a professional athlete, which makes these famous Olympians, NFL players, and baseball stars even more impressive.

For some, earning a law degree was part of a second career achieved after their days in pro sports. But other managed to pass the bar or at least finish law school while competing. Either way, these athletic attorneys probably know a thing or two about playing by the rules.

NFL player Steve Young may be the most famous athlete who is also a lawyer. After retiring from the NFL, Young received his Juris Doctor from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. Famous MLB manager Tony La Russa earned a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1978 and passed the Florida Bar in 1980. NFL Champion Alan Page even went on to become Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Not bad for a football player!

Men aren’t the only sports stars going for gold and a JD. Several smart female athletes are also lawyers. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller graduated from Boston College Law School in 2007. Olympic rower Anita DeFrantz earned her law degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. And Olympic rower Caryn Davies earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a hero athlete and an all-star attorney? Or even just a sports lawyer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Lawyers
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After retiring from the NFL, Steve Young received his Juris Doctor from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, BYU Cougars football, Los Angeles Express

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Shannon Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Lawyers
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Olympic gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller graduated from Boston College Law School in 2007.

Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rolla, Missouri, United States of America

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Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Lawyers
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MLB manager Tony La Russa earned a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1978 and passed the Florida Bar in 1980. He said, "I decided I'd rather ride the buses in the minor leagues than practice law for a living."

Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Athletics, + more

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Lawyers
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NFL champion Alan Page received a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He currently serves as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Age: 74

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America

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