Living 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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245 72
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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188 59
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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175 75
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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171 73
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)
President of the United States of America

5
142 67
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 47
Police officer

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40 5
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).

7
82 33
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
woogyjones50 added age 47

Talk and game show host

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142 80
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 55
Charlotte Bobcats owner

9
138 80
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 60
Talkshow host and AIDS activist

10
97 52
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 71
Texas Rangers owner

11
89 59
Mario Lemieux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 53
Pittsburgh Penguins owner

12
75 48
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 51 (1934-1985)
Beer distributiorship owner

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73 47
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 82
Actor

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98 75
Jesse Ventura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

15
101 81
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 52
Pigeon trainer

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71 51
Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 70
Actor

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74 56
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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37 28
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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54 51
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
Dec. at 48 (1962-2010)
Philanthropist and Sudan activist

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22 15
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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18 11
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
RobLein added Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)
Actor

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56 57
Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 53
Actor

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17 11
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
slaft added Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)

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8 4
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)

25
48 57
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers
age 45
Boxing promoter