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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.

  • NFL player Matt Birk graduated from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in economics.
    Matthew Robert "Matt" Birk (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard. Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and a Super Bowl champion....  more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings

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    Chris Young played baseball and basketball for Princeton.
    Christopher Ryan Young (born May 25, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who is currently MLB Vice President of On-Field Operations. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut on August 24, 2004, with the Texas Rangers and also has Major League experience with the San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, and Kansas City Royals. He had previously excelled in basketball and baseball at Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas, and Princeton University. Young helped Highland Park reach the Class 4A Region II basketball final in 1997 and the Class 4A Texas state basketball final in 1998. He tossed a no-hitter in 1997 while compiling a 6–0 record,...  more
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
    • Teams: New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

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    MLB player Ross Ohlendorf earned a degree from Princeton in 2006.
    Curtis Ross Ohlendorf (born August 8, 1982) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, and Cincinnati Reds, and in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. ...  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas
    • Teams: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres
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    Football legend John Heisman played football for Brown and the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his law degree in 1892.
    John William Heisman (October 23, 1869 – October 3, 1936) was a player and coach of American football, baseball, and basketball, as well as a sportswriter and actor. He served as the head football coach at Oberlin College, Buchtel College (now known as the University of Akron), Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College, and Rice University, compiling a career college football record of 186–70–18. In 1917, Heisman's Georgia Tech Golden Tornado team was recognized as the national champion. Heisman was also the head basketball coach at Georgia Tech, tallying a mark of 9–14, and the head baseball coach at Buchtel,...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1869-1936)
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio