Athletes The Smartest Professional Athletes  

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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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832 461
Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 37 - Harvard University

2
1,171 647
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 31 - Harvard University

3
1,374 883
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 43 - University of Tennessee

4
1,394 920
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
qzsp added age 42 - University of Michigan

5
812 451
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added age 58

6
627 254
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added age 40 - Purdue University

7
778 312
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 45 - Santa Clara University

8
391 240
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zxray added age 79 -

Ohio State University

9
324 178
Annika Sörenstam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 49 -

University of Arizona

10
656 354
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 47 - Duke University

11
273 186
Michelle Kwan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 39 -

University of Denver

12
312 214
Carolina Klüft is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 36 -

Linnaeus University

13
280 178
Paula Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 46 -

Loughborough University

14
263 151
Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 43 -

Southern Methodist University

15
261 131
Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 30 -

Southern Methodist University 

16
280 77
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
zxray added Dec. at 33 (1940-1973) -

University of Washington

17
355 266
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
age 39 -

University of Barcelona

18
239 105
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
username001 added age 54 -

United States Naval Academy

 

19
161 122
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
bfrank53 added Dec. at 100 (1905-2005)

20
274 178
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
hookstyler added age 53

21
239 124
Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 46 -

Stanford University

22
168 53
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
RobLein added age 58 -

 Brigham Young University

23
145 73
Dana Vollmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
Argos66 added age 32 -

UC Berkeley; University of Florida

24
157 122
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
charlieup2 added age 69 -

University of Massachusetts

25
160 158
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Professional Athletes
DavidBrands added age 68 -

University of Oregon