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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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  • MLB player Brad Ausmus played in the minor leagues while attending Dartmouth.
    Bradley David Ausmus (; born April 14, 1969) is an American baseball former catcher and current manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). In his 18-year MLB playing career, Ausmus played for the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also the manager of the Tigers and of the Israel national baseball team. A 1987 draft pick of the New York Yankees, he chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball. He then had an 18-year major league playing career with the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. During his playing days he was an All Star in 1999, a...  more
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
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    MLB player Craig Breslow was captain of the Yale Bulldogs baseball team.
    Craig Andrew Breslow (pronounced BREHZ-loh; born August 8, 1980) is an American baseball executive serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball (MLB), and a former professional baseball pitcher. He played in MLB for the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Miami Marlins. As a senior at Yale University, where he majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, he led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, and debuted in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres in 2005. Through...  more
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
    • Teams: Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Twins
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    NFL player Ryan Fitzpatrick studied economics at Harvard.
    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Harvard and was the first quarterback in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.A journeyman quarterback, Fitzpatrick is known for his tenure on eight teams during his career, starting at least one game for the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history...  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Gilbert, Arizona
    • Teams: Washington Football Team

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  • Olympian Sarah Hughes graduated from Yale in 2009.
    Sarah Elizabeth Hughes (born May 2, 1985) is a former American competitive figure skater. She is the 2002 Olympic Champion and the 2001 World bronze medalist in ladies' singles....  more
    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Great Neck, New York City, New York, United States of America

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