VOTE 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 71

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 82 NFL video game franchise frontman 

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 69 Television infomercial small kitchen appliance frontman 

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Died at 93 (1913-2006) President of the United States of America

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 46 Police officer

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 46

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

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 55 Charlotte Bobcats owner

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
woogyjones50 added age 47

Talk and game show host

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 59 Talkshow host and AIDS activist

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 71 Texas Rangers owner

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Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Died 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 53 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 82 Actor

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Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 70 Actor

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 52 Pigeon trainer

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 83 Harlem Globetrotter

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
halazlaw added age 73

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Died at 48 (1962-2010) Philanthropist and Sudan activist

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
RobLein added Died at 77 (1935-2012) Actor

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
slaft added age 75

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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
slaft added Died at 74 (1935-2009)

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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 53 Actor

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Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 56

Radio personality ("Mike and Mike" on ESPN)

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 45 Boxing promoter

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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 43 Atlanta Falcons co-owner

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
ElkeB added age 57

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Travis Pastrana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 35 NASCAR driver

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
rosemary-hallett added age 52

actavist

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Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
sfdgsdfgsfg added age 87

politician

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Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
gamarrs001 added age 40

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 41

WWE Superstar, after college wrestling, MMA, and short NFL career (Minnesota Vikings).

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Bob Uecker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
derekjlariviere added age 83

Actor ("Mr. Belvedere"), Play-by-Play Announcer (Milwaukee Brewers), and notably both in Major League.

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Bobby Richardson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
RobLein added age 83 Minister

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Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
sfdgsdfgsfg added age 35

Home depot worker

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 52 Video game mogul

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Luc Robitaille is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
ElkeB added age 52

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Jake Plummer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 44 Professional handball player

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Jack McDowell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 52 Rockstar

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Napoleon Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 45 Ordained minister

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John Rocker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 44 Speak English campaign founder

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
alphacitybill added age 71

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Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 47 Mixed martial artist

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Heath Shuler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 47 Politician

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Adrian McBride is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers