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Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers  

Susie Moss
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List Rules Only their post-sports jobs, nothing before or during their career

Athletes with the coolest post-sports careers are those former professional athletes who after their playing days ended, went on to do some pretty amazing things. From those who went into politics to others who built business empires and even others who chose wacky careers, all of these athletes found fun new paths off the field.

Nearly any former athlete can find work after their playing career ends as a broadcaster or coach of their respective sports but how many can go on to be President of the United States of America? One did it, former University of Michigan football player Gerald Ford. While few will live up to that precedent, other athletes have seen success in politics such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as Governor of California, and Jesse Ventura, who was the Governor of Minnesota.

Show business is another common landing place for retired athletes with the likes of Carl Weathers, Vinnie Jones and Jim Brown all seeing success on the field and on the big and small screens. Becoming a business executive would be another with former atletes making a name for themselves as the face of product lines, like George Foreman and John Madden, or even going on to own the teams in the sports they once played, like Mario Lemieux, Nolan Ryan and Michael Jordan.

While not all of the best athletes of all time will go on to find success off the field, these special athletes with awesome post-sports careers prove that with the right determination, retired athletes can go on to long and successful careers in many other fields.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 72

Governor of California, Celebrity Apprentice host

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John Madden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 83
NFL video game franchise frontman 
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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)
President of the United States of America
4
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 47

A-List Actor and WWE Superstar, after college football career (Miami Hurricanes).

5
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 70
Television infomercial small kitchen appliance frontman 
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 47
Police officer
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
woogyjones50 added age 48

Talk and game show host

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 56
Charlotte Bobcats owner
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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 72
Texas Rangers owner
10
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 60
Talkshow host and AIDS activist
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Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 51 (1934-1985)
Beer distributiorship owner
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Mario Lemieux is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 54
Pittsburgh Penguins owner
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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 83
Actor
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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 71
Actor
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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 84
Harlem Globetrotter
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Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
17
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 53
Pigeon trainer
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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
halazlaw added age 74
19
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
RobLein added Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)
Actor
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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
slaft added age 76
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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
slaft added Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)
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Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 57

Radio personality ("Mike and Mike" on ESPN)

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 48 (1962-2010)
Philanthropist and Sudan activist
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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 54
Actor
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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
ElkeB added age 58