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Athletes Who Went to Ivy League Schools

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Which of the most popular athletes went to Ivy League schools? Several famous hockey players, NFL stars, and Olympians attended Ivy League schools. Some of these athletes went to college before starting their professional careers, while others waited until after they had retired.

Who is the most famous athlete who attended an Ivy League school? Jeremy Lin tops our list. NBA player Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard University in 2010. MLB player Sandy Koufax went to Columbia University while he was playing for the Dodgers. MLB player Brad Ausmus played in the minor leagues while attending Dartmouth. NFL player Ed Marinaro set 16 NCAA records while attending Cornell University.

Several famous female athletes also attended Ivy League universities. Olympian Alicia Sacramone attended Brown University. Olympian Sarah Hughes graduated from Yale in 2009. Hockey player Rebecca Johnston attended Cornell University. Olympian Cristina Teuscher graduated from Columbia University in 2000.

Do you think that attending a prestigious school helped these athletes to succeed in their chosen professions? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • NBA player Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard University in 2010.
    Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in 2012, which generated a global craze known as "Linsanity". Lin is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, and one of the few Asian Americans to play in the league. He is also known for his public expression of Christianity. Lin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned Northern California Player of the Year honors as a senior in high school. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers, he attended Harvard University, where he was...  more

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      MLB player Sandy Koufax went to Columbia University while he was playing for the Dodgers.
      Sanford Koufax (born December 30, 1935) is a former American professional baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched 12 seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1955 to 1966. Koufax, at age 36 in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has been hailed as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Koufax's career peaked with a run of six outstanding years from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30. He was an All-Star for six seasons and was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1963. He won three Cy Young Awards in 1963, 1965, and 1966, by unanimous...  more

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        Olympian Alicia Sacramone attended Brown University.
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        • NHL player George Parros was named team captain during his senior year at Princeton.
          George James Parros (born December 29, 1979) is a retired American ice hockey player, who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League. He currently serves as the Head of the Department of Player Safety for the National Hockey League. His primary role on the ice was one of an enforcer. Parros was part of the 2007 Stanley Cup winning Anaheim Ducks....  more

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