Sportsmen and college degrees don’t normally go together. After all, it is the playground and not the classroom where they learn their real trade. But, still, there exists an extremely rare breed of top level athletes who not only have the muscle to do wonders on the field but also possess the brains to achieve academic excellence.
Scroll down to find out about some such sportsmen.
By now, the entire world knows about Richard Sherman’s moment of madness in the aftermath of the Seattle Seahawks recent NFC Championship win over the San Francisco 49ers. But, what his critics don’t know is that Sherman is a Stanford graduate who is currently enrolled in their masters program. His 4.2 GPA that could put the biggest of bookworms to shame was the second-highest in his high school class.
The degree that he has is in Communication, which is a bit baffling because his communication skills – judging by his rant – aren’t that great.
A piece on the combination of athleticism and intellect and no mention of Myron Rolle, how is that even possible? The 27-year-old had a successful high school/football career before entering the NFL. However, his passion for having a career in medicine made him take an early retirement last year. He is currently studying at the Florida State University College of Medicine.
This time, two years ago, NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin was the biggest story in North American sports. His play during that brief stretch was so topnotch that the fact he is a Harvard graduate got overshadowed. Oh, and he did his high schooling from the prestigious Palo Alto High School.
The boxing world may remember Vitali as one of the hardest punchers in the history, but he would tell you that pen is mightier than his punch. In 2000, the 6’7 Ukrainian presented his thesis on ‘talent and sponsorship in sports’ at the ‘Kyiv University of Physical Science and Sports’ and got a PhD. So if you’ve been wondering all these years why the elder Klitschko is called Dr. Ironfist, you now know the reason.
If the older brother was held a doctorate, how could younger Wladimir be left behind? The 37-year-old – who holds five different heavyweight titles as of right now – got his PhD in 2001, a year after Vitali. If the cool degree and all those titles aren’t enough to impress you, how about the fact that he is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, German and English. He is affectionately known as Dr. Steelhammer.
This legendary Brazilian footballer was operating at an even higher level of intelligence. He was actually a medical doctor and earned his degree while playing professional football. The guy had mastered the art of multitasking. One of the coolest sportsmen of his era, he passed away in 2011.
Blaine Nye graduated from Stanford University with a degree in physics, then a master’s – also in physics – and then another one in business administration. His academic qualifications may make him seem a university professor, but Nye’s cause of fame is his nine-season stint with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.
You can say he is America’s answer to Socrates.