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List Rules Vote up the pro athletes you know (or believe) to be the smartest in the leagues

The smartest professional athletes include Rhodes Scholars, 1580 SAT scorers and Ivy League standouts whose book smarts and pure intelligence is equally as impressive as their athletic ability. Smart athletes come from all sports with members of the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB among those who could easily be doctors, lawyers and very successful businessmen.

While typically athletes are stereotyped as meatheads or big dumb animals, these athletes from football, basketball, hockey and baseball have nearly as many accomplishments off the field as they do on. These are not the athletes who skipped college or left early for the promise of big bucks playing professional sports. These are the athletes who made the tough decision to stay in school and earn a degree to carry them once their professional career ended.

Take NFL safety Myron Rolle for example. He didn't just graduate premed from Florida State University in 2 1/2 years but went on to earn a master's from Oxford. He's far from the only smarty pants in the NFL though. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't just the fifth quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in his debut but also the 2004 Ivy League MVP while pursuing an economics degree at Harvard.

As if we didn't need another reason to hate be jealous of professional athletes with their fame, fortune and hot wives, these highly successful athletes are also way smarter than us. Some guys have all the luck!
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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Jeremy Lin age 27 - Harvard University

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Peyton Manning age 41 - University of Tennessee

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
qzsp added Tom Brady age 40 - University of Michigan

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added Wayne Gretzky age 56

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655 358
Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Ryan Fitzpatrick age 33 - Harvard University

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324 169
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zxray added Jack Nicklaus age 77

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657 260
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Steve Nash age 43 - Santa Clara University

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482 190
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added Drew Brees age 38 - Purdue University

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283 121
Annika Sörenstam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Annika Sörenstam age 47

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282 160
Carolina Klüft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Carolina Klüft age 34

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232 134
Michelle Kwan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Michelle Kwan age 37

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576 294
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Grant Hill age 43 - Duke University

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254 131
Paula Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Paula Radcliffe age 44

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234 109
Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Kajsa Bergqvist age 41

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226 90
Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Nastia Liukin age 28

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Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
bfrank53 added Max Schmeling Died at 100 (1905-2005) - Became owner of Coca-Cola of Western Europe

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201 85
Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Jenny Thompson age 44

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228 141
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added Greg Maddux age 51

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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
DavidBrands added Dan Fouts age 64 - For his time there was no quarterback who could read defenses and surgically connect on passes than Dan Fouts. His brains/arm and Don Coryell's offensive genius made for some of the most exciting football in NFL history. Maybe ...

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Pau Gasol age 37

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188 93
Věra Čáslavská is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Věra Čáslavská age 75

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404 321
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Shane Battier age 37 - Duke University

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151 136
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Rat Calabrese added Mike Marshall age 72

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184 84
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
username001 added David Robinson age 52 - Widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college and NBA history. Robinson scored a 1320 on the SAT, and chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics.

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Dana Vollmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Dana Vollmer age 30

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zxray added Bruce Lee Died at 33 (1940-1973)

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131 93
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
charlieup2 added Julius Erving age 67

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179 171
Matt Birk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Matt Birk age 39

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169 85
Tanja Frieden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Tanja Frieden age 41

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
RobLein added Steve Young age 56

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Suzy Favor Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Suzy Favor Hamilton age 47

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Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Missy Franklin age 22

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92 49
Julianne McNamara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Julianne McNamara age 50

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Ellen van Dijk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Ellen van Dijk age 28

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90 42
Maggie Vessey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Maggie Vessey age 34

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Natalie Coughlin age 35

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141 83
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
BenjaminFarias added Tim Duncan age 41

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181 207
Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Alex Smith age 33 - University of Utah

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
ryanmcw added Bill Bradley age 72

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Inbee Park is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Inbee Park age 27

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Gianni Grimaldi added John McEnroe age 58

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74 35
Amy Acuff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Amy Acuff age 42

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zxray added George Foreman age 68

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Bjørn Dæhlie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Pixie81 added Bjørn Dæhlie age 50

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Christine Theiss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Christine Theiss

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79 35
Meredith Kessler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added Meredith Kessler

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78 123
Ross Ohlendorf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
julian-matthias added Dirk Nowitzki age 39

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111 130
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Rat Calabrese added Alan Page age 72

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108 132
Matt Bonner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Matt Bonner age 35