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.
Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 overall. He is also known for his public expression of Christianity. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets
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Sanford "Sandy" Koufax is a retired American baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, he played his entire Major League Baseball career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. He retired at the peak of his career, and in 1972 became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, aged 36 years and 20 days. Koufax's career peaked with a run of six outstanding seasons from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1963. He also won the 1963, 1965, and 1966 Cy Young Awards by unanimous votes, making him the first three-time Cy Young winner in baseball history ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
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Alicia Marie Quinn is a retired American artistic gymnast. Sacramone began gymnastics at the age of eight, started competing in the elite ranks in 2002 and joined the U.S. national team in 2003. At US National Championships from 2004 to 2008, she won twelve medals, including four golds on vault and two golds on floor exercise. At World Championships from 2005 to 2007, she won seven medals, including a floor exercise gold in 2005 and a team gold in 2007. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she won a team silver medal. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Winchester, Massachusetts, USAsee more on Alicia Sacramone
George James Parros is a retired American ice hockey player, who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League. He was known on the ice as an enforcer. He was part of the 2007 Stanley Cup winning Anaheim Ducks. He currently works as a studio hockey analyst for Sportsnet. ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Pantherssee more on George Parros