The Smartest Athletes Prove Brain Is Just As Powerful As Brawn

Athletes | 7/2/20

There’s a long-lasting stereotype in sports that the bulging and bruising athletes are all brawn and no brain. These “gods among men” have made it to the highest heights of their profession at the expense of their intellectual evolution. While it is true that some athletes turn pro before getting their degrees, not all of them place their physical health over their education. Alex Smith graduated from Utah in two and a half years with a 3.74 GPA. Grant Hill graduated with a double major in political science and history before being drafted by the NBA. These are the smartest players in professional sports, and their educational achievements might surprise you!

Alex Smith Entered College Halfway To His Degree

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A stand out athlete at Helix High School in San Diego, NFL quarterback Alex Smith didn’t bet his future on his arm. While he was pairing up with Reggie Bush on the field, he was exercising his brain with classes at San Diego State.

When it came time to head off to college, Smith enrolled at Utah, where he only needed two and a half years to earn his degree in economics with a 3.74-grade point average.